JEAIL > Volume 10(2); 2017 > Regional Focus & Controversies
Research Paper
Published online: November 30, 2017

Natural Disaster in Armed Conflict Area: The Implementation of the Doctrine of Responsibility to Protect in the ASEAN

Natalia Y. Puspita
Faculty of Law, Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, I.J. Kasimo Building 3rd. Fl., Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 51, South Jakarta, Indonesia 12930.
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In the last decade, more natural disasters have occurred than before in the world. The ASEAN regions are particularly prone to such disasters. Natural disasters can happen anytime and will be a more serious problem in an armed conflict area. In disaster management, humanitarian assistance of the international community is basically subject to the principle of state sovereignty. In a conflict area, however, the principle of sovereignty must be harmonized with the doctrine of responsibility to protect. How could the ASEAN countries accept the doctrine of the responsibility to protect during natural disaster management in an armed conflict? This paper aims to analyze the doctrine of responsibility to protect in the course of managing natural disaster of an armed conflict area in terms of lessons from the ASEAN countries such as Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Keywords : Natural Disaster, Armed Conflict, the Doctrine of Responsibility to Protect, ASEAN

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