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Law and Disasters – An Auckland Volcanic Field case study

Organizer(s) Resilience to Nature's Challenges
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  • English


11:00 - 12:00 AM (GMT+12)


Are we prepared for disasters? As a nation we have a history of pushing through emergency legislation in the wake of natural hazard events to govern our emergency response. This has led to an expectation that post-event bespoke frameworks will be introduced to manage post-disaster recovery. Is there a better way? Instead of treating disasters as individual hazards, should we treat them as a pattern of events and legislate accordingly?

Join us as we hear from experts to explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s current legal frameworks and the impacts these have on our ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural hazard events.

Using an Auckland Volcanic Field eruption scenario based on the latest science, we’ll identify the challenges of managing disaster risk, examine the impacts of our current reactionary approach to disaster law, and explore possible alternatives.


John Hopkins, Professor of Comparative Public Law who specialises in disaster law and sub-national governance

Jan Lindsay, Professor of Volcanology in the School of Environment at Waipapa Taumata Rau | the University of Auckland

Holly Faulkner, research associate for the Institute of Law, Emergencies and Disasters (LEAD)

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