American Society of International Law (Disaster Law Interest Group) Webinar Series

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American Society of International Law (Disaster Law Interest Group) Webinar Series

Recently, in her capacity as co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Disaster Law Interest Group (DLIG) (, Katja Samuel conducted the first of a series of important webinars on topical disaster law issues.

The first webinar was entitled ‘North American Humanitarian Response Summit Initiative and International Disaster Law’ and was presented by Dr Kirsten Bookmiller, Professor of Government and Political Affairs at the Center for Disaster Research and Education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

The North American Humanitarian Response Summit (NAHRS) is a year-long project that seeks to address policy opportunities in cross-border response to potential catastrophic disasters. NAHRS is implemented by the American Red Cross in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross and Mexican Red Cross, and with the participation of the countries’ respective federal, state and provincial government entities involved in disaster response. The initiative formally concluded in March 2018.

A recording of the webinar is available at:


Three further webinars are planned:

June 2018 – Professor Virginia Murray, Public Health England consultant, former Vice Chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, bringing a scientific perspective to disaster risk reduction.

September 2018 – Isabelle Granger (Director of the Disaster Law Programme of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva), on the International Disaster Response Law Checklist project.

November 2018 – Peri Johnson, Legal Director and the Director of the Incident and Emergency Center, International Atomic Energy Agency on ‘The International Legal Framework for Emergency Preparedness and Response in regard to Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies’.

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