My latest publication is a chapter in the book Natural Hazards and Disaster Justice: Challenges for Australia and its Neighbour. The book is published by Palgrave and was edited by my colleagues Anna Lukasiewicz and Claudia Baldwin.

My chapter, entitled ‘Looking to Courts of Law for Disaster Justice’ reports on earlier research and draws conclusions on why courts are ill equipped to deliver disaster ‘justice’.  In the introduction I say:

This chapter will consider the legal consequence after some notable disasters and the implications of a desire to look to law for ‘justice’. It is argued that the state should consider alternatives to adversarial legal proceedings in order to deliver justice to all those involved in disaster.

Given the current fires and calls for inquiries this chapter, and the release of the book as a whole, is very timely.

You can find details of the book here – Disaster Justice Flyer

You can buy the whole book or individual chapters from the publisher at