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Legal preparedness for the facilitation of international humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Rebecca Barber
This paper uses the response to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, 2015, as a case-study to review one country’s legal preparedness to manage a large influx of international humanitarian assistance, and the international humanitarian community’s respect for national laws and institutions. It describes provisions in international disaster response law and the developing international law on the protection of persons in the event of disaster regarding the role of the affected state, and juxtaposes this with what happened in the cyclone response—namely, the introduction by international actors of a range of international humanitarian tools and services that were neither described in national legislation nor rehearsed in national planning processes. It concludes by suggesting that national governments and international humanitarian responders advance their efforts to promote the inter-operability of their disaster management systems, and to develop an improved mutual understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities under international law.

History

Journal

Asian journal of international law

Volume

8

Issue

1

Pagination

143 - 165

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Location

Cambridge, Eng.

ISSN

2044-2513

eISSN

2044-2521

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Asian Journal of International Law