Human rights challenges and adequacy of state responses to natural disaster (M. Stallworthy)

Author

Mark Stallworthy

Keywords

Disasters; Environmental protection; Human rights; Russia

Abstract

Examines the European Court of Human Rights decision in Budayeva v Russia (15339/02) on whether public authorities were in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 arts 2, 8 and Protocol 1 art.1 when, after a series of mudslides in which there were a number of deaths and serious injuries and destruction of homes and property, they had failed to: (1) maintain protection through engineering works; (2) issue public warnings of approaching disaster; and (3) hold an inquiry into the conduct of the authorities before and during the mudslide. Considers the implications of the decision in the context of other human rights cases involving environmental harm.

Citation

(2009) 11(2) Environmental Law Review, 123-132.

Paper

Human rights challenges and adequacy of state responses to natural disaster.