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Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law

Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law

Research Handbooks in International Law series

Edited by Susan C. Breau and Katja L.H. Samuel

International law’s role in governing disasters is undergoing a formative period in its development and reach, in parallel with concerted efforts by the international community to respond more effectively to the increasing number and intensity of disasters across the world. This Research Handbook examines a broad range of legal regimes directly and indirectly relevant to disaster prevention, mitigation and reconstruction across a spectrum of natural and manmade disasters, including armed conflict.

Chapter 5: Human rights and natural disasters

Kristian Cedervall Lauta

Subjects: environment, disasters, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, law and development, public international law, politics and public policy, environmental governance and regulation


Human rights are considered central to disaster management efforts. However, the concrete interrelationship remains somewhat ambiguous. Approached from a strictly legal point of view, human rights should apply to disaster situations in the same way as to any other social situation. Even then, special instruments, guidelines and reports are made in order to promote and clarify the application of human rights in disaster management in general, and disaster response in particular. In this chapter, I set out to describe the present situation for human rights and disasters. The chapter critically assesses the human rights sources, specifically addressing disaster situations, and discusses their applicability and status within law as well as disaster management.

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