Ateneo Law School hosts workshop on disaster displacement in the Asia Pacific

July 10, 2018
The Ateneo Law School (ALS) has taken part in a study led by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law called “Protecting Persons Displaced in the Context of Disasters in Asia Pacific: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Law, Policy and Practice in Ten Countries.” The research project, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), was conceptualized as a response to the inconsistent way that displacement is addressed on national and sub-regional legal and policy frameworks. 
 
Through its Graduate Legal Studies Institute, the ALS hosted a two-day authors’ workshop from July 4–5, 2018, welcoming participants from different countries in the Asia Pacific region to discuss the results of the initial phase of the research. The participants provided a glimpse of the different case studies that show situations of displacement in their respective countries, and how law and policy respond to these situations.
 
Participating institutions include the Department of Law, Independent University (Bangladesh); Centre for the Study of Humanitarian Law, Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia); Faculty of Law, East Yangon University (Myanmar); School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia); School of Law, Ateneo de Manila University; Centre for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand); Law Faculty Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology (Vanuatu); Faculty of Law, University of the South Pacific (Solomon Islands); Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Nankai University (China).
 
The research project sets out to address two questions: 1) what states in the Asia Pacific region are doing to address contemporary challenges relating to displacement in the context of disasters and 2) how internationally-articulated frameworks relating to the protection of persons displaced in the context of disasters and climate change can translate into enhanced protection on the ground.
 
Researchers from participating countries together with professors from the Ateneo Law School: Dean Jose Maria Hofileña, Atty. Giovanni Vallante, Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga, Atty. Amparita Sta. Maria, and Atty. Ryan Jeremiah Quan.
Researchers from participating countries together with professors from the Ateneo Law School: Dean Jose Maria Hofileña, Atty. Giovanni Vallante, Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga, Atty. Amparita Sta. Maria, and Atty. Ryan Jeremiah Quan.

The session in Manila involved discussions on a human rights-based approach to disaster displacement, understanding the role of law and policy in the case studies, identifying and applying international and national legal frameworks to the case studies.
 
The group will reconvene in December 2018 in the form of an international symposium where academics and other stakeholders are hoped to attend. The research, ultimately, aims to produce both an academic edited volume as well as a set of country studies translated into local languages that can be used for policy reform and development in disaster risk reduction and management.

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  • Ateneo Law School hosts workshop on disaster displacement in the Asia Pacific
    Tuesday, July 10, 2018
    The Ateneo Law School (ALS) has taken part in a study led by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law called “Protecting Persons Displaced in the Context of Disasters in Asia Pacific: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Law, Policy and Practice in Ten Countries.” The research project, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), was conceptualized as a response to the inconsistent way that displacement is addressed on national and sub-regional legal and policy frameworks. 
     
    Through its Graduate Legal Studies Institute, the ALS hosted a two-day authors’ workshop from July 4–5, 2018, welcoming participants from different countries in the Asia Pacific region to discuss the results of the initial phase of the research. The participants provided a glimpse of the different case studies that show situations of displacement in their respective countries, and how law and policy respond to these situations.
     
    Participating institutions include the Department of Law, Independent University (Bangladesh); Centre for the Study of Humanitarian Law, Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia); Faculty of Law, East Yangon University (Myanmar); School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia); School of Law, Ateneo de Manila University; Centre for Social Development Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand); Law Faculty Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology (Vanuatu); Faculty of Law, University of the South Pacific (Solomon Islands); Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Nankai University (China).
     
    The research project sets out to address two questions: 1) what states in the Asia Pacific region are doing to address contemporary challenges relating to displacement in the context of disasters and 2) how internationally-articulated frameworks relating to the protection of persons displaced in the context of disasters and climate change can translate into enhanced protection on the ground.
     
    Researchers from participating countries together with professors from the Ateneo Law School: Dean Jose Maria Hofileña, Atty. Giovanni Vallante, Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga, Atty. Amparita Sta. Maria, and Atty. Ryan Jeremiah Quan.
    Researchers from participating countries together with professors from the Ateneo Law School: Dean Jose Maria Hofileña, Atty. Giovanni Vallante, Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga, Atty. Amparita Sta. Maria, and Atty. Ryan Jeremiah Quan.

    The session in Manila involved discussions on a human rights-based approach to disaster displacement, understanding the role of law and policy in the case studies, identifying and applying international and national legal frameworks to the case studies.
     
    The group will reconvene in December 2018 in the form of an international symposium where academics and other stakeholders are hoped to attend. The research, ultimately, aims to produce both an academic edited volume as well as a set of country studies translated into local languages that can be used for policy reform and development in disaster risk reduction and management.