Disaster Response in Southeast Asia: The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Response and Emergency Management

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Asian Journal of International Law, 2018, 8 (1), pp. 116 - 142
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© 2016 Asian Journal of International Law. Southeast Asia includes some of the states at greatest risk of disasters worldwide, and ASEAN has been at the forefront of using international law to attempt to co-operate in disaster risk reduction and response. The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) is a regional treaty that has been hailed as among the world's best practice: Progressive, comprehensive, and, unusually for a disaster instrument, legally binding. This paper evaluates ASEAN's responses to two mega-disasters: Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in May 2008 and Super-typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that hit the Philippines in November 2013. The paper aims further to investigate the role of non-state actors, such as civil society and the private sector, in institutionalizing and implementing AADMER.
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