Preventing Disasters, Protecting Lives: Resilience with Integrity


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

1st April 2020

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 […]

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National Security Summit, London (5 December 2019)

15th 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. […]

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

2nd July 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 […]

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

15th 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 […]

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

15th April 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 […]

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ASIL Annual Meeting (Washington DC, 28 March 2019)

15th April 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 […]

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The Cambridge Handbook on DRR and International Law

11th February 2019

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 […]

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Sport as a Tool for the Prevention of Violent Extremism: UNODC Youth and Crime Prevention Initiative

17th December 2018

Share this: Katja Samuel was engaged, on an individual consultancy basis, by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Justice Section, to conduct a desk review on the topic of sport as a tool for the prevention of violent extremism (PVE). Background The Doha Declaration, adopted at the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime […]

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

4th December 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 […]

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

4th December 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 […]

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