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Rights, Responsibilities and Disasters:

Using the Law to Reduce Disaster Risk in Asia Pacific

(University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, June 25-27, 2024)

The Institute of Law, Emergencies and Disasters (LEAD) together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) are pleased to announce a Conference on Rights, Responsibilities and Disasters: Using the Law to Reduce Disaster Risk in Asia Pacific, to be held at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitahao, Christchurch, New Zealand from 25 - 27 June 2024.

The Conference will bring together practitioners, including those working in government, civil society, international and regional organizations, as well as academics and researchers, to discuss current issues relating to disasters, international law and its domestic implementation in the Asia Pacific region.

We welcome papers which align with the themes of the conference or which discuss current issues relating to disasters, international law and its domestic implementation in the Asia Pacific region.


Deadline for abstract applications: 29 April 2024


For full conference details visit https://apdisasterlaw.wixsite.com/disaster-law







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IDEAL network member, Dug Cubie has a new publication:

Research report no. 419: Enhancing Integration of Disaster Risk and Climate Change Adaptation into Irish Emergency Planning

Authors: Peter Medway, Dug Cubie and Martin Le Tissier

Summary: Climate research tells us that extreme weather events will become more frequent and severe. Climate change adaptation (CCA) focuses on the probable chronic long-term impacts likely to occur across multiple sectors. In contrast, emergency planning and disaster risk reduction (DRR) primarily aims to address acute short-term impacts. The project identifies how existing approaches to disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management (DRM) and CCA in Ireland are juxtaposed and concludes that identifying ways to promote coordination and align incentives, priorities and planning processes will facilitate a more holistic and comprehensive approach to DRM at all levels of government.

For further information and to download the publication, follow this link:




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