The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) is pleased to announce the launch of the “First Annual International and Comparative Disaster Law Essay Contest”.

The contest is co-sponsored by the IFRC, the American Society of international Law (ASIL) and the “International Disaster Law Project” of the Universities of Bologna, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Roma Tre and Uninettuno (also associated with the Italian Red Cross), with the support of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.

The organisers are looking for entries from graduate or undergraduate students. All submissions must be in English and must address international or comparative legal issues for disasters linked to natural hazards. Essays should be submitted before 30 January 2015 to

Among the top prizes are sponsored: participation in next year’s week-long “International Disaster Law Course” in Sanremo, an annual ASIL membership, and a fee waiver for the attendance of the Annual meeting in April 2015.