International Disaster Law Course

28 April - 2 May 2014, Sanremo

Programme          Registration form

Course Directors:


Mr David Fisher
Coordinator, Disaster Law Programme
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


Ms. Elyse Mosquini
Senior Disaster Law Officer
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

and IDL Project Coordinating Team 


Dr. Giulio Bartolini
University Roma Tre 

Dr. Federico Casolari
University of Bologna

Dr. Emanuele Sommario
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Dr. Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani
Uninettuno University, Rome

The International Institute of Humnitarian Law, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project and with the support of the Italian Red Cross, will conduct the 1st International Disaster Law Course from 28 April to 2 May, in Sanremo, Italy.

The course on International Disaster Law (IDL) offers participants an opportunity to analyse one of today’s most important legal challenges: the prevention and management of natural and man-made disasters. Lectures will be delivered by distinguished speakers including Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters), Walter Kälin (former Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons), academics, as well as representatives of relevant international and national actors involved in IDL, such as the IFRC, the European Union, IAEA, OCHA, the Italian Civil Protection Department and the Italian Red Cross.

The programme seeks to offer a comprehensive overview of the main practical, diplomatic and military issues related to the legal aspects of disaster prevention and management activities. Topics will be covered using a plenary-based approach complemented by practical exercises designed to test the participants’ ability to find outcome oriented solutions through the application of relevant IDL provisions.

The course is tailored towards graduate and post-graduate students with an interest in IDL; practitioners (e.g. staff of civil protection departments; staff of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies; NGOs) involved in disaster management; and professionals with an academic background in the areas of law, security studies, international relations, humanitarian assistance or other related fields, eager to expand their knowledge on IDL.

The participation fee is € 450 (Euros) and must be paid within 10 days from the notification of selection. 

The fee covers the following expenses:

  • Course materials
  • Lunches and coffee breaks on Course days
  • Reception drinks and Course dinner
  • Course photo and Course certificate

Please note that the participation fee is less than the cost to the organizers to present the Course. Therefore there are unfortunatel no scholarships available for this Course.

The fee does not cover any additional or sundry expenses incurred by participants such as hotel laundry or telephone calls nor travel, accommodation or any other per diem incidentals. Participants must ensure that they bring with them sufficient funds to cover their additional needs for the duration of the course, or have access to funds in Sanremo via their bank.

Persons wishing to apply are kindly requested to complete the form available here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and potential participants are therefore encouraged to apply early in order to secure a place. Unless all places are taken earlier, the final deadline for application is 4 April 2014. The Course is open to a maximum of 35 participants.

Please consult the general course information in order to see the modalities of payment and the relevant admin information. Queries on the course including registration and administrative questions should be directed to Ms Patricia Panizzi at panizzi@iihl.org.