New Battlefield / Old Laws: When Disaster Hits; Threats, Preparedness, and Legal Gaps

In cooperation with the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT)

The session is held in memory of Mr. Gerald Cramer (Z"L)

New Battlefield / Old Laws:

When Disaster Hits; Threats, Preparedness, 

and Legal Gaps

Disasters come in all shapes and forms – and are not limited to full-on war. States can end up on the brink of collapse or insurgency as a result of a wide variety of triggers, including health epidemics, natural disasters, migration, and cyber (from "mere" cyber interference to cyber-attacks). Before disaster hits, states must focus on building up resilience, enhancing channels of communication between various governmental agencies (for example between health professionals and national security experts), and educating the population. They can no longer ignore the risks posed by disasters, given the frequency at which such disasters hit, and the amount of resources financial and human resources needed to contain them.


This workshop explores the challenges raised by these new threats, what states can do to better prepare for them, and whether the legal framework ought to adapt to better address them.


Co-Chair: Prof. William Banks, Founding Director, Institute for National Security and Counter Terrorism (INSCT) and Professor of Law Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse

Co-Chair: Dr. Daphné Richemond-Barak, Senior Researcher & Head, International Humanitarian Law Desk, ICT and Assistant Professor, Lauder School of Government, IDC Herzliya, Israel

Prof. Pinchas Halpern, Director, Emergency Medicine Department, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel

Prof. Kristian Lauta, Associate Professor, Center for International Law, Conflict and Crisis, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Amichai Magen, Senior Researcher and Head of the Terrorism & Governance Desk, ICT & Head, MA Program in Diplomacy & Conflict Studies, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya, Israel

Dr. Katja Samuel, Director, Global Security and Disaster Management Limited & Co-chair, American Society of International Law Disaster Law Interest Group, United Kingdom

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