Book Launch: Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Socio-Legal and Comparative Perspectives

18 March 2014

Please join us for the book launch of Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Socio-Legal and Comparative Perspectives, co-edited by Simon Butt and Luke Nottage (University of Sydney Law) and Hitoshi Nasu (Australian National University, College of Law).

The book will be launched by The Hon Robert McClelland, former federal Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Services.

Robert McClelland is a partner at Turner Freeman Lawyers and a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales.

Robert had served as the Federal Member for Barton for 18 years before retiring at the last Federal election.

Between 2007 and 2011 Robert served as the Commonwealth Attorney General. In that capacity he had responsibility for Australia's counter terrorism capability and also Australia's emergency response capability. He has spoken and written widely about the need to give a much greater emphasis to Australia's ability to become resilient to natural disasters. In particular, Robert McClelland has argued that there needs to be a much greater focus on prevention and mitigation strategies rather than simply relief effort after a natural disaster has occurred.

About the Book
The book outlines the regulatory environment for disaster prevention and management in broad social, economic and political context. The first half of the book focuses mainly on Japan, especially the '3.11' events: the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku area on 11 March 2011 and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant radiation leaks. The second half focuses on the USA (the only other Asia-Pacific country to have experienced a serious nuclear emergency), Indonesia, China, New Zealand, Australia and international law. One question explored in several of the 14 chapters is whether socio-legal norms play different roles in preventing and managing responses to natural disasters compared to 'man-made' disasters. Another is how 'disaster law' interacts with society across very diverse communities in the disaster-prone Asia-Pacific region. The book also addresses the increasingly important roles played by international law and regional regimes for cross-border cooperation in disaster prevention and relief, including the functions played by military forces.

'Erudite, pragmatic, and charged with detailed, substantive knowledge of an astonishing range of contexts and research fields, this timely collection of important essays on the law and society of disaster management stands as an exemplary international academic response to the disasters of 11 March 2011.' (Prof Annelise Riles, Cornell University)

For more details or to purchase the book, visit:

Time: 5.30pm for 6-7pm

Location: Herbert Smith Freehills, Level 34, ANZ Tower, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Cost: Free, RSVP essential, to

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 02 9351 0429

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