Workshop 1: Dublin

Dates: 4th & 5th May 2017

Venue: Dublin, Ireland

The first disaster law workshop took place on 4th and 5th May 2017 in Dublin. This workshop was part of a collaborative project between the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in the School of Law, University College Cork and the Irish Red Cross, funded by the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations award scheme.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together humanitarian practitioners and academics working in the area of international disaster law (IDL), to advance knowledge and practical application of IDL and to strengthen international networks of academics and practitioners. Participants included representatives from non-governmental organisations such as the International Federation of Red Cross and  Red  Crescent  Societies  (Geneva and Brussels),  the Irish Red Cross, Development Initiatives and Christian Aid, from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Irish Aid, and academics from Ireland, the UK and Italy.

Topics Covered

Held over the course of two days, the workshop consisted of a series of invited presentations and plenary discussions on key topics of relevance to both humanitarian practitioners and academics working on international disaster law and disaster management. Topics covered included:

  • Legal Frameworks for Disaster Risk Management
  • The International Law Commission’s draft articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters
  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Disasters
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
  • Human Rights in Disasters
  • Trends in Humanitarian Financing
  • The EU Civil Protection Mechanism and Host Nation Support Guidelines
  • Information Needs of Humanitarian Organisations


Workshop Report

The full workshop report is available here: Workshop Report Dublin May 2017