Disaster Law Essay Contest; Submit by Jan 30

This contest will be co-sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the American Society of International Law Disaster Law Interest Group (ASIL DLIG), the International Disaster Law Project (IDL) of the Universities of Bologna, Pisa Sant’Anna, Roma Tre and Uninettuno, with support from the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.

The aim is to stimulate creative thinking and analysis about disaster law in a comparative and/or international perspective.

The contest is open only to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any university (anywhere in the world) at the time of submission.

Essays may examine any issue related to law and disasters due to natural hazards, but must do so either from a comparative or an international law perspective, or both.  Comparative essays should examine laws or legal issues from no less than three countries.

Papers must be written solely by the candidate(s), in English, and may not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.

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Submissions may range from 5,000 to 10,000 words, including footnotes.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central European Time, 30 January 2014.

The top prize will include fully sponsored participation in the week-long annual disaster law course in beautiful Sanremo, Italy in April 2015.

Essays should be submitted to disaster.law@ifrc.org  as Microsoft Word attachments. In the subject line, please state “Submission: International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest”. Questions may be directed to the same email address.

The full contest rules, prizes to be awarded, as well as a sample list of topics, are available here.


The winner of the contest will receive:

A waiver of fees and support for travel (up to a maximum of USD 1,600 on economy  fare) and accommodation in order to attend the week-long “International Disaster Law  Course” (www.iihl.org/idlcourse) organized by the IDL and IFRC and hosted by the  International Institute for Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, on 27th April to Friday 1st  May 2015.

A free annual membership in the American Society of International Law and waiver of  fees for attendance of the 2015 Annual meeting on April 11-15, 2015

Full details are HERE.

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