International Disaster Response - Law. Michael Eburn ANU College of Law & Fenner School of Environment & Society. Is law the issue?. Consider recent examples: Christchurch. Japan.
Michael EburnANU College of Law &Fenner School of Environment & Society
“Search teams from more than a dozen nations were bound for Japan, including a unit from New Zealand, … [and a] combined search squad from Los Angeles County and Fairfax County… Assistance teams also weredue from China and South Korea, two of Japan's traditional and most bitter rivals.” (Kyodo News via AP)
France called on the United Nations to intervene. Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General spoke of a “critical moment for the people” of Burma. The UN’s humanitarian chief, John Holmes, urged the junta to facilitate the arrival of disaster relief teams and the distribution of badly-needed emergency supplies.”
2008 Cyclone Nargis strikes Burma:
“There is some aid coming in, but it is barely enough for survival, and all of it supplied by the agencies of the military Government. Foreign aid workers have still not been allowed into Burma in large numbers, ... aid agencies accused Burma’s “closed and stubborn” regime of risking millions of lives by refusing to allow entry to foreign aid workers, most of whom are still waiting to obtain permits.
“In the Commission’s view, military intervention for human protection purposes is justified … to halt or avert:
“In the Commission’s view, these conditions would typically include the following types of conscience-shocking situation:
“The international community, through the United Nations ... [is] prepared to take collective action ... should peaceful means be inadequate and national authorities are manifestly failing to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”UN GA Res 60/1 2005 World Summit Outcome  (emphasis added).