News Release: Events, International, Law

Jan. 19,  2011

Natural Disasters to be Focus of International Law Symposium

International law in the aftermath of natural disasters will be the topic of a symposium hosted by the Emory International Law Review and Emory University's Center for International and Comparative Law Thursday, Jan. 27, at Emory Law School's Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Rd., Atlanta.

"A Worldwide Response: An Examination of International Law Frameworks in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters" brings together an accomplished group of disaster law experts to discuss the international community's response to catastrophic events such as the Haiti earthquake, Pakistan floods and Indian Ocean tsunami. Speakers will address how nations can balance the need for receiving assistance from worldwide organizations with their goal of retaining sovereignty following a disaster.

Paul Weisenfeld, senior deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Latin American/Caribbean region, will be the keynote speaker. Weisenfeld led the agency's response to the Haiti earthquake as coordinator of USAID's Haiti task team.

Panelists will debate new disaster preparedness guidelines and the policy implications of having the international community assume a more prominent role in disaster relief. They also will focus on how natural disasters impact housing rights, children, health care and education.

The symposium is free to attend, though registration is required. Register online.

Legal practitioners attending the symposium for the entire day can receive up to four Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits from the State Bar of Georgia. The cost of the combined four credits is $60, payable by cash or check at the registration table on Jan. 27. More information about CLE credits.

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