Marie Aronsson-Storrier. Sendai Five Years on: Reflections on the Role of International Law in the Creation and Reduction of Disaster Risk[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2020, 11(2): 230-238. doi: 10.1007/s13753-020-00265-y
Citation: Marie Aronsson-Storrier. Sendai Five Years on: Reflections on the Role of International Law in the Creation and Reduction of Disaster Risk[J]. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, 2020, 11(2): 230-238. doi: 10.1007/s13753-020-00265-y

Sendai Five Years on: Reflections on the Role of International Law in the Creation and Reduction of Disaster Risk

doi: 10.1007/s13753-020-00265-y
  • Available Online: 2021-04-26
  • This article offers a critical examination of the position of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 within international law. It is argued that any interrogation into the relationship between international law and disaster risk reduction (DRR) must begin not with existing DRR laws and policies, but rather with an enquiry into the nature of disaster risk and the role of international law in its creation and reduction. It is demonstrated how, while areas such as international human rights law can be utilized to enforce obligations in support of DRR, other areas—in particular international investment law—actively work to undermine DRR efforts. In order for international law to be a productive tool in the reduction of disaster risk, international lawyers must engage with critical work in disaster studies and explore the role that international law has played, and can play, in creating and addressing hazards, vulnerabilities, and capacities.
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