A Right to International (Humanitarian) Assistance in Times of Disaster

Fresh perspectives from international human rights law

Authored by: Marlies Hesselman

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138069916
eBook ISBN: 9781315115238
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This chapter analyses a number of recent developments in international human rights law (IHRL) with the aim of assessing whether disaster-affected individuals and States can legally claim international disaster assistance from foreign States as a result of legal duties to cooperate and assist in IHRL. Focusing particularly on the recent work of UN human rights monitoring procedures and the establishment of new individual and inter-State complaints mechanisms to IHRL treaties, this Chapter appraises whether legal ‘obligations to cooperate and assist internationally’ for human rights can somehow be better delineated/operationalised and give rise to actual claims for assistance by affected States.

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