Lisauskaite V.V. The Council of Europe and Cooperation in the Field of Prevention and Liquidation of Consequences of Natural and Technological Disasters

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lc.jvolsu.2018.3.6

Valentina V. Lisauskayte, Candidate of Sciences (Jurisprudence), Associate Professor, Department of International Law and Comparative Jurisprudence, Irkutsk State University, Ulan-Batorskaya St., 10, 664082 Irkutsk, Russian Federation, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Introduction: the Council of Europe is a regional international organization, better known as a structure promoting the protection of fundamental human rights and freedoms, the fundamental principles of democracy and the rule of law. However, other activities are also carried out. Such work in the field of disaster protection is of interest. The purpose of the article is to study the special legal and organizational mechanism of the Council of Europe in this field. Methods: the methodological framework for this study is a set of methods of scientific knowledge, among which the main are the methods of historicism, systematicity, and analysis. Results: the paper presents the characteristics of Open Partial Agreement of the Prevention of, Protection Against and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters of the Council of Europe. The author’s and other scholars ‘ standpoints on this document and the theory of international law are reflected. The system of bodies and their interrelation for the solution of the general purposes and tasks is revealed. A special place is given to the description of the activities of the specialized centers operating within the particular states and included in the system of the centers under the Agreement. The individual projects of the member states, which are important for the preservation of human lives and reduction of the negative consequences for the economies of these countries, are analyzed. Conclusions: the study showed the effective cooperation for the member states and the organization itself, which is expressed in the implementation of various projects and programs. The latter is aimed at the formation of the national infrastructures, the involvement of science, the exchange of experience and the implementation of other activities in the medium-term action plan to improve the readiness of the countries and their populations to various types of disasters.

Key words: international cooperation on disaster protection, Open Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe, disaster prevention, OPA CЕ, disasters, protection against natural and technological risks, international protection against disasters.

Citation. Lisauskaite V.V. The Council of Europe and Cooperation in the Field of Prevention and Liquidation of Consequences of Natural and Technological Disasters. Legal Concept, 2018, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 41-47. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/lc.jvolsu.2018.3.6 

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