LAW 7187

LAW 7187

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This course examines domestic and international disaster law, with a focus on human rights interventions. Examples from across the globe show how the "arc of disaster" makes human rights violations both predictable and preventable. Key elements of the US domestic emergency response framework are covered in depth, with attention to areas that conflict with international human rights norms and obligations. The international disaster response framework is also examined. We also examine the US response to international disasters, including policy towards foreign nationals in the US when disaster strikes abroad. Finally, we consider questions of accountability for government actors and international organizations for human rights harms following a disaster. What the course does not do: This is not a survey course in international human rights. We will not cover the entire range of international instruments and mechanisms that potentially come into play within the context of disaster. They are endless. Rather, I include cases that I have personally worked on (Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti), those that stand as turning points in the development of disaster law and policy (Typhoon Haiyan), and others that reflect common themes. The goal is to impart a deeper understanding of pivotal issues and practical insights that can be applied across disaster contexts. 

When Offered Spring.

Satisfies Requirement Satisfies the writing requirement.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18070LAW 7187  SEM 101