Human Rights and Disaster

Authored by: Jean Connolly Carmalt , Claudine Haenni Dale

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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International human rights law offers one avenue of inquiry into the relationship between ethical (and in this case, legal) obligations and the complex politics surrounding disasters. This chapter explores how human rights law relates to the disasters that arise in the aftermath of hazardous physical events such as earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. While it makes some reference to humanitarian law because of the potential interplay between that body of law and human rights in the context of disasters, its primary legal grounding is in human rights law, which applies both in times of conflict and in times of peace.

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