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Over the past decade European institutions have been building infrastructure for emergency governance, especially in the area of public health. This symposium attempts to provide the groundwork for European governance of health crises and disaster management (EHCDM) and to contribute to the shaping of mechanisms that underpin future responses to emergencies in Europe. Open to the public, registration required.

Detail Summary
Datum 7 december 2018
Tijd 09:00 - 17:00
Locatie Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Provisional programme (PDF, 2 pp)



Over the past decade we have witnessed an increased readiness and growing infrastructure on the part of ‘Europe’ (EU, Council of Europe and WHO) to engage in emergency governance. Many, if not most, of the key examples centre on or implicate public health. Preparedness planning for terrorist attacks and pandemics provides perhaps the most obvious and recurrent example. But there is also the ongoing migration crisis, affecting the southern fringes of the EU in particular. Volcanic eruptions have grounded air travel for fear of lost lives from planes falling from the sky. And further back, BSE/CJD led to fears of an impact on human health as a result of farming techniques for cows. Aspects of the EU’s developing infrastructure and engagement with these issues have been touched upon within legal scholarship. However, there has been little attempt to map and unpack European governance of health crises and disaster management (EHCDM). This symposium attempts to provide the groundwork for such an enterprise and from there to contribute towards an awareness and reflection with regard to the common core norms and values that shape the mechanisms that underpin future responses to emergencies in Europe.

Setup and speakers

In three panels, the concepts, tools and techniques, and the processes behind and of EHCDM will be explored by a series of international speakers. The panels will be followed by a roundtable discussion by policy makers, including Professor Aura Timen, Head National Coordination Centre for Communicable Disease Control RIVM and Riccardo Malacalza, Legal Officer at the European Centre for Disease Control. Speakers from WHO Europe and EU DG Health to be confirmed.


  • Prof. Tamara K Hervey, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dr Patrycja Dąbrowska-Kłosińska, University of Warsaw, Poland/Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Dr Rachael Dickson, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Dr Marco Rizzi, University of Western Australia Law School, Australia
  • Prof. Anne-Maree Farrell, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Dr Stephen L Roberts, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  • Dr Mark L Flear, Queen’s University Belfast, UK (organizer)
  • Dr Anniek de Ruijter, University of Amsterdam, NL (organizer)
  • Dr Filipe Brito Bastos, University of Amsterdam
  • Hannah van Kolfschooten, LLM, University of Amsterdam

Attendance and registration

Attendance is free of costs, but subject to registration. Please register by December 5, using the Registration button on top of this page. 

General inquiries can be addressed to Kaan Ozdurak, acelg@uva.nl.

Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Ruimte Moot Court Room A3.15

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam

This symposium is jointly organized by Mark L. Flear (Queen’s University Belfast) and Anniek de Ruijter (University of Amsterdam, ACELG). It is co-financed by ACES, Amsterdam Centre for European Studies.