Emory International Law Review


Elyse Mosquini


The aftermath of a natural disaster unquestionably calls for action amid chaos. No matter its character'a sudden-onset earthquake, seasonal hurricane, or flooding'a natural disaster's immediate-term impact is similar: families and communities confronting loss of life and property and struggling to meet their basic needs. The affected population may be displaced from their homes, supply chains of essential items such as food and fuel may be cut off, and social services may be interrupted. When these basic needs outstretch local capacities, the complexity of the response operation mounts. This Article highlights the importance of well-prepared domestic regulatory frameworks for effective disaster response. Reviewing several key historic and current international and regional initiatives, it offers insight into future directions in the field of international disaster response law.