About the Project

Advancing International Networks for Understanding, Researching and Implementing International Disaster Laws

The humanitarian impact of major natural and human-made disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami or 2010 Haitian earthquake, are undeniable. However, despite the long history of international law providing humanitarian protection to the victims of armed conflict, it is only in the past 15 years that serious consideration has been given to the role of that law can play in protecting persons before, during and after major disasters.

During 2017 and 2018, the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) in the School of Law, University College Cork and the Irish Red Cross Society have been working in partnership to undertake a series of information and awareness raising events to advance understanding of the evolving field of international disaster law. In particular, the objectives of the project are:

  1. To advance knowledge and practical application of the emerging field of international disaster laws for academics and practitioners in Ireland
  2. To develop a collaborative research agenda between academics and practitioners
  3. To strengthen international networks of academics and practitioners working on international disaster law

Networking Workshops

The project combines specialist workshops and seminars in Dublin and Cork bringing together humanitarian practitioners and academics from Ireland, Europe and further afield, with public events to raise awareness of the importance of international law in disasters. Read more…

Public Engagement

The networking workshops and seminars have been supplemented by public film screenings on the Nepalese earthquake, and Information Sheets exploring various aspects of international disaster law.

The project is funded by the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations award scheme.


For more information on this project, contact: Dr Dug Cubie, School of Law, UCC

Email: d.cubie@ucc.ie

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