IFRC Disaster Law Database

Welcome to the IFRC Disaster Law Database, the world’s largest collection of documents relating to disaster law. The Database currently contains seven categories of documents with an additional category coming soon.
About the Disaster Law Database

The Disaster Law Database was established to bring together in one place the resources needed for practitioners and academics working in the field of disaster law.

The materials in the Disaster Law 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 Disaster Law Database is organised by the following six categories:  

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

Simply type your search terms into the search bar, or select the type of document you’re looking for, then apply filters to narrow your search.

All documents are available in PDF format and, where available, translations are provided.

Partners and contributors

The Disaster Law 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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