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GSDM Associate Silvia Venier Coordinates a Research Project on Protection against CBRN Risks

Share this: GSDM Associate Silvia Venier has begun recently to coordinate a new research project that commenced on 1 March 2020 on the topic of ‘International legal obligations related to Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery from CBRN events (Chemical, Biological and Radio-Nuclear) and status of their implementation in Italy’ (CBRN-ITALY). The project is being funded […]

National Security Summit, London (5 December 2019)

Share this: GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel, together with GSDM Principal Associate and Drone Team leader, Shaun Ryles, recently presented at the National Security Summit on the topic of “Rethinking counter-drone resilience planning”. Their presentation explored how both public and private sector organisations can prepare themselves better for drone related incidents by adopting a resilience approach. […]

Public Health, Mental Health and Mass Atrocity Prevention Workshop (New York, 9-10 June 2019)

Share this: On 9 – 10 June 2019, GSDM associate Dr Ellie Smith attended the “Public Health, Mental Health and Mass Atrocity Prevention” workshop. The event, which was held in New York, was co-hosted by the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. The aim of the workshop was to bring together […]

Science and Policy Forum for the Implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Geneva, 14 May 2019)

Share this: Working session on Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction During the recent prestigious Science and Policy Forum for the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Katja Samuel, GSDM’s director, convened and chaired the session on ‘Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction’. The Forum formed part of the working sessions convened in preparation for the Global Platform […]

Security and Policing Event (Farnborough, 5-7 March 2019)

Share this: GSDM recently participated in the prestigious annual Security and Policing exhibition in Farnborough, hosted by the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) on behalf of the Home Office. The event is considered to be “the cornerstone of the security calendar” and is the only ‘closed’ event of its kind. It offers UK suppliers […]

ASIL Annual Meeting (Washington DC, 28 March 2019)

Share this: Panel Discussion on ‘The Critical Contribution of Law towards Global Efforts to Mitigate Disaster Risk.” During the recent prestigious Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel, convened and moderated a panel in her capacity as co-chair of the Disaster Law Interest Group (DLIG). The topic of the […]

The Cambridge Handbook on DRR and International Law

Share this: Since 2015, our director, Katja Samuel, has led an innovative, globally unique project examining what disaster risk reduction (DRR) means in the context of international law. This has been a largely under-researched area to date, but is one of growing global and strategic importance, in particular within the context of the Sendai Framework […]

European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (Rome, 21-23 November 2018)

Share this: GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel, recently participated in the European platform review of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Rome organised by the United Nations Office on Disaster Risk Reduction (Europe and Central Asian office). In addition to participating more generally in the Forum’s discussions, she moderated the session on ‘Understanding man-made and technological […]

International Disaster Response and International Security Expo (London, 28-29 November 2018)

Share this: GSDM recently participated in the first International Disaster Response (IDR), combined with the established annual International Security (ISE) expo which took place in London 28-29 November. Law as an important under-utilised tool of disaster risk mitigation. It was an opportunity for GSDM to discuss and showcase the breadth and depth of its extensive […]

Advancing the Impact of Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice

Share this: Expert Workshop, University of Oxford and the International Criminal Court Bar Association 4th October 2018 Dr Ellie Smith, a Principal Associate with GSDM, was recently invited to participate in an expert workshop convened by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford, and the International Criminal Court Bar Association. The aim of […]

Problematising Universal Jurisdiction: Closed Expert Workshop

Share this: London School of Economics/City Law School 5th October 2018 Dr Ellie Smith, a Principal Associate of GSDM, joined a closed expert workshop on 5th October 2018, to discuss challenges relating to the successful domestic prosecution of international crimes through the principle of universal jurisdiction. The workshop was co-convened by the London School of Economics […]

18th Global Counter-Terrorism Summit (Israel, 3-6 September 2018)

Share this: GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel, recently participated in the prestigious annual World summit on counter-terrorism organised by the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism, IDC Herzliya, Israel on the theme of  ‘The Art of Counter-Terrorism’ (https://ictidc.wixsite.com/ict18).  Over 1300 participants from 60 countries drawn from across governments,  international organisations, academic and research institutions, non-governmental organisations and the private sector were gathered. […]

Exploring and Countering the Linkages between Organized Crime and Terrorism

Share this: International Conference: ‘Exploring and Countering the Linkages between Organized Crime and Terrorism’   GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel – together with Brazilian state prosecutor in organized crime, Cassius Chai – recently had the opportunity to give a timely research paper on the theme of “Closing the ‘intangible technology transfer’ gap within existing legal frameworks: […]

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

Share this: 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) (https://www.asil.org/community/disaster-law), 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 […]

Recent Launch of Masterclass on Disaster Risk Reduction to Commonwealth Parliamentarians

Share this: Recently, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) launched a Masterclass on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), filmed by the CPA during the innovative DRR and International Law symposium co-organised by Dr Katja Samuel together with Professor Ros Cornforth, Director of the Walker Institute, University of Reading, in June 2017. The DRR Masterclass is part of […]

Critiquing Current Systems-Based Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction

Share this: Dr Katja Samuel spoke at the recent annual interdisciplinary conference of the UK Association of Disaster Response (Bristol, UK, 26-28 March 2018) on the topic of ‘Disaster Risk Reduction, Early Warning Systems and Global Health: Critiquing the Current Systems-Based Approach’. The paper was based on joint, ongoing, research between Katja Samuel, GSDM and […]

IFRC Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the UK

Share this: Today ‘The Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United Kingdom’ was published. The report was co-authored by Katja Samuel of GSDM, together with Simon Whitbourn of Knightwood Legal. It was also contributed to by a number of academic colleagues drawn from across a number of universities, as well as […]

17th Global Counter-Terrorism Summit (Israel, 11-14 September 2017)

Share this: GSDM’s director, Katja Samuel, recently participated in the prestigious annual global counter-terrorism summit at the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism, IDC Herzliya, Israel ( ICT 17th International Conference). Over 1200 participants from 50 countries drawn from across governments, international organisations, academic and research institutions, non-governmental organisations and the private sector were gathered. Katja was […]

Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Symposium

Share this: Convening of significant, globally orientated, research symposium on disaster risk reduction by the University of Reading The University of Reading recently convened a significant two and half day symposium (29 June – 1 July 2017) on the theme of ʽDisaster Risk Reduction and International Lawʾ. The symposium was the vision of, and project […]

International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest

Share this: Launch of Second Annual ‘International and comparative disaster law essay contest’ This prestigious contest is co-sponsored by the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, American Society of International Law (Disaster Law Interest Group), International Disaster Law Project, and Jean Monnet Module on International and European Disaster Law. There is a monetary […]

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