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Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilence

Edited by: Alexia Herwig, Marta Simoncini

ISBN13: 9781138193529
Published: December 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £125.00

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Disasters raise serious challenges for contemporary legal orders: they demand significant management, but usually amidst massive disruption to the normal functioning of state authority and society. When dealing with disasters, law has traditionally focused on contingency planning and recovery. More recently, however, ‘resilience’ has emerged as a key concept in effective disaster management policies and strategies, aiming at minimising the impact of events, so that the normal functioning of society and the state can be preserved.

This book analyses the contribution of law to resilience building by looking at law’s role in the different phases of the disaster regulatory process: risk assessment, risk management, emergency intervention, and recovery. More specifically, it addresses how law can effectively contribute to resilience-oriented distaster management policies, and what legal instruments can support effective resilience-building.


Part I. Assessing risks for building resilience
Chapter 1. Multi-Risk Analysis: A New Paradigm for Territorial Resilience, Sara Bouchon and Carmelo Di Mauro
Chapter 2. The economic sustainability of resilience. The (possible) case of the inundation of the Netherlands by the sea, Jacques Pelkmans
Chapter 3. Resilience-building and International (Quasi)-Judicial Bodies: An Uneasy Relationship? Monika Ambrus

Part II. Regulating disaster risks for building resilience
Chapter 4. Planning resilience building. The case of the UK 2013 sector resilience plans, Alessandro Lazari
Chapter 5. Disaster risk regulation in the European Union. The path to resilience, Marta Simoncini
Chapter 6. Dilemmas in risk regulation. Experience from the offshore oil and gas industry, Preben Lindøe

Part III. Disaster relief in the context of resilience building
Chapter 7. Resilience policy and practice in the United States, David Trissel
Chapter 8. Resilience and responsibility: The normative justification of involving private actors in the disaster mitigation effort, Alexia Herwig
Chapter 9. Governing from a Distance: European Union Foreign Policy and Resilience Building, Jonathan Joseph

Part IV. In the aftermath: Recovery to be resilient
Chapter 10. The role of government intervention in constructing resilient compensation mechanisms for victims of disasters, Michael Faure
Chapter 11. Tort Law as an instrument for prevention and remediation of catastrophic harm, Monika Hinteregger
Chapter 12. The financial crisis and constitutional resilience, Xenophon I. Contiades

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