Symposium: This is Not a Drill: Confronting Legal Issues in the Wake of International Disasters


Recent international disasters, both environmental and humanitarian, have resulted in trails of destruction and destitution, as well as an uncertain legal landscape. In response to this situation, the International Law Commission (ILC) has completed a draft report addressing the protection of persons when disasters occur. This symposium, organized by the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (VJTL) and co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law's Disaster Law Interest Group and the International Disaster Law Project (a joint initiative of the Universities of Bologna, Roma Tre, Uninettuno and Pisa, Sant’Anna), will address current international disaster response topics. The event will focus on an in-depth review of the ILC draft. Two additional panels will address environmental effects and disaster assistance in the wake of various types of international disasters. Symposium participants will include leading scholars and policy-makers from across the country and abroad. Papers from the event will be published in a dedicated volume of the VJTL.

Date and Location

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Vanderbilt Law School
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