The University of Reading, UK will host a symposium on “Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law” on  29 June and 1 July 2017. It is organised by the University of Reading (School of Law, and the multidisciplinary Walker Institute) in cooperation with the American Society of International Law.

This symposium, which will be framed around the principles and objectives underpinning the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), will be a unique opportunity to discuss, debate, inform and progress the development of law, policy and practice governing DRR and disasters at the national, regional and international levels.

It is an opportunity to highlight the ongoing work of the International Law Commission (ILC) on “the protection of persons in the event of disasters”. The Special Rapporteur on the matter, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, submitted in 2016 to the 68th session of the ILC his eight report (A/CN.4/697). See the ILC website for details.

The symposium flyer is available here. Please also consult the call for papers.

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