Is there a right to international (humanitarian) assistance in times of disasters in human rights law?

Hesselman, M. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk and presentationAcademic presentationAcademic


The conference is based on the undeniable acknowledgment that natural and technological disasters are rapidly increasing in frequency and severity, thus losing their nature of exceptional events. As a consequence, it has come to be recognized that the problems posed by these phenomena are not just of a humanitarian character but concern the respect and protection of human rights in wider terms. A plethora of soft law instruments concerning the rights of disaster victims have been adopted at global and regional level, while human rights treaty monitoring bodies are producing an ever growing body of case law dealing with State obligations in disaster prevention and management activities. The conference aims at providing a comprehensive assessment of the main legal issues concerning the application of international human rights law in disaster situations and a reflection on its role in shaping the obligations of States and of other actors involved. A specific session will be devoted to the legal challenges posed by disaster-induced displacement. Speakers will include distinguished academics, including former UN Special Representative for the Protection of IDPs Walter Kaelin, and practitioners. Organized by Uninettuno University and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, under the scientific coordination of Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani and Emanuele Sommario, the event will take place at the premises of the Information Office of the European Parliament in Rome, located in via IV Novembre 149.
Event titleIs there a right to international (humanitarian) assistance in times of disasters in human rights law? International Conference on "Human Rights and Disasters"
Event typeConference
LocationRome, Italy


  • human rights
  • disasters
  • humanitarian action
  • disaster response
  • international cooperation
  • humanitarian assistance
  • international assistance
  • development cooperation