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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 11: Responses by private corporations

Stefano Silingardi

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


If the shift in perception of companies as major stakeholders and strategic partners in multiple aspects of disaster relief and response activities is now reasonably well advanced, the normative and functional frameworks surrounding the private sector engagement are less so. This chapter aims to analyse, first, the many gaps, weaknesses and loopholes that still exist, both in international law, regional law and domestic law frameworks concerning the legal treatment of businesses as assisting actors. Additionally, the necessity to set up an international coordination mechanism will be taken into account in order for companies to be fully integrated into the humanitarian system; as well as the requirement that the voluntary approach so far followed by private actors through codes of conduct, best practices and standards be replaced by the establishment of corporate guidelines and/or that a set of binding principles on business engagement in disaster response be adopted.

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