Disaster trials: a step forward
Archivio Antropologico Mediterraneo
7 - 15 p.
Natural disasters, Anthropology, Law
In recent decades, courtrooms have become a key arena for voicing claims and condemnation linked to disasters in all their possible forms: natural, technological, environmental and health disasters. The sentencing of three Chilean public officials charged with manslaughter for not sounding the tsunami alarm following an earthquake in 2010, or the trial in which 900 private citizens accused the Dutch government of disregarding the risks associated with climate change, which culminated in a guilty verdict handed down in June 2015 by the Court of First Instance – a hugely important precedent in international jurisprudence – are only a few of the most recent examples of this trend.