Lukas Schemper


PhD in International History and Politics, Graduate Institute, Geneva

Junior Visiting Fellow
(March – August 2017)



Natural Disaster: Historical Perspectives on the Development of International Law and Norms

The international legal framework to govern disasters is underdeveloped compared to other areas. Although my project will demonstrate that the 20th century was not devoid of attempts to create an international legal framework to strengthen the rights of disaster victims and improve coordination, only two intergovernmental treaties came into being. What does this opposition towards greater codification say about the interests and political agendas of governments and international organizations?