Co-sponsored by the University of Reading (School of Law and Walker Institute) and the American Society of International Law (Disaster Law Interest Group)
The changing global landscape
The international community is grappling with the increasing frequency and severity of a broad range of ‘man-made’ and ‘natural’ disasters, through initiatives such as the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, Sustainable Development Goals 2015, and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The current global landscape governing disaster risk reduction (DRR) is therefore in a significant period of evolution. It is likely that the reach of DRR will extend into many different legal regimes, both in the development of ‘soft’ (non-binding policy) and ‘hard’ (formally binding) law governing a broad range of disasters.
Be part of the response
In response to this changing global landscape, a significant symposium will take place at the University of Reading between 29 June and 1 July 2017. It is organised by the University of Reading (School of Law, and the multidisciplinary Walker Institute).
This symposium, which will be framed around the principles and objectives underpinning the Sendai Framework, is a unique opportunity to discuss, debate, inform and progress the development of law, policy and practice governing DRR and disasters at the national, regional and international levels.
The symposium is designed to bring together a multinational spectrum of participants drawn from across governmental, intergovernmental, private, NGO/civil society, academic and media sectors. Participants will comprise a mixture of those contributing papers and non-contributors informing wider discussions and debate. Whilst the discussions and papers will be framed primarily around international law and policy, other disciplinary perspectives which inform law and policy understanding are welcome also.
A mixture of:
You are welcome to use the symposium flyer to publicise the event on your own web pages or by e-mail to relevant contacts.
This page will be updated frequently prior to the symposium itself - please bookmark and check back for latest updates.
Output and Impact
The overarching sought impact is to inform and make recommendations regarding the development of national, regional and international law and policy governing DRR. One planned output is a significant edited handbook for publication by Cambridge University Press (subject to satisfactory completion of the formal peer review process). Another is development of new, and augmentation of existing, expert networks across all key stakeholders.
The cost for each participant will include use of conference facilities, lunch, soft refreshments, reception and BBQ (29 June), and optional social/dinner (30 June).
A number of scholarships may be available too. Please contact the symposium organisers if you wish to be considered for one.
Symposium Supporting Organisations
Click here to register now. Please note that registration closes 15th June 2017
Notification of Intention to Attend
If you plan to attend the symposium and wish to be notified of when full booking details are available, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with 'DRR symposium' in the e-mail heading, and we will e-mail you full details as they become available.
For further information, please contact email@example.com
The symposium will take place within the award-winning Whiteknights campus of the University of Reading.
Reading is located approximately 50 km west of London. It is well-served by transport facilities, with fast and frequent rail links to central London, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton and to London/Gatwick airport, a frequent bus service to London's Heathrow airport, and three junctions from the M4 motorway.
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