IFRC Disaster Law Database

Welcome to the IFRC Disaster Law Database, the world’s largest collection of documents relating to disaster law.
About the Database

The IFRC Disaster Law Database was established to serve as a resource for practitioners and academics working in the field of disaster law. The materials in the Database come from the international, regional and domestic levels, and from a wide range of actors including states, international organisations, the IFRC and academic institutions.


The Database is organised by the following eight categories:  

  • Case law
  • Documents of international organisations    
  • Documents of transnational private actors
  • Documents of treaty bodies
  • Literature
  • National documents
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement documents
  • Treaties

To use the Database, start by either entering search terms into the search bar or selecting the type of document you’re looking for. You can then apply filters to narrow your search.

The Database has full-text search functionality, meaning that it retrieves documents based on their contents (not only their title).

Documents in the Database are in PDF format. Where available, translations are provided.

Partners and contributors

The Database is an initiative of IFRC Disaster Law and Roma Tre University's Jean Monnet Project ‘Disseminating Disaster Law for Europe’. The Database was developed by: Prof. Giulio Bartolini, Dr. Eleonora Branca and Dr. Carlo De Stefano of Roma Tre University; and by Isabelle Granger and Rachel Macleod of IFRC Disaster Law. Support has also been provided by: Dr. Dug Cubie and students of the University College Cork; Dr. John Hopkins and students of the University of Canterbury School of Law; and Dr. Susan Breau and students of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law.

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