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16 April 2018, 12:15-14:00
Register start 9 April 2018
Register end 16 April 2018

International Disaster Law: Towards a Universal Convention?


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This lecture is organized in the framework of the IHL courses given by Professor Gloria Gaggioli at the Geneva Academy (LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights) and at the University of Geneva (Master Level –Practice of International Humanitarian Law (5292).

It will address the Draft Articles on the “Protection of persons in the event of disasters" adopted by the International Law Commission in 2016. This discussion is particularly timely given the recommendation made by the Commission to elaborate a convention on the basis of this project; a proposal on which States have been invited to submit comments in view of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly to be held in 2018. Such potential outcome would represent a significant novelty in the area of international disaster law, characterized by a fragmented legal framework and the lack of a universal flagship treaty. Against this multifaceted background, the Draft Articles provided a broad systematization of the main legal issues relevant in the disaster cycle.  Furthermore, these provisions try to accommodate the different interests of actors involved in a disaster scenario, namely the affected State, external assisting actors and the victims of disasters, with a complex "checks and balances” approach.


Giulio Bartolini is Associate Professor of International Law at the Department of Law, University of Roma Tre, where he is also responsible of the Jean Monnet Module on ‘International and European Disaster Law’ (www.ieudl.eu) funded by the EU Commission and Director of the Roma Tre IHL Legal Clinic.

In the area of international disaster law he has been legal assistant to the ILC Special Rapporteur on the 'Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters', and co-responsible of the International Disaster Law Project and training courses organized with the IFRC and the Italian Red Cross.  Co-organiser of the annual 'International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest' for university students managed with the ASIL Interest Group on Disaster Law and the IFRC Disaster Law Programme. He is co-editor of the 'Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters' (London, 2018).


The public is welcome to attend and can register via the online form, please note that limited space is available.

Light Lunch

Sandwiches will be served