Author(s): Michael Eburn
Disaster law is a nascent field of study in Australia. Research on legal issues that impact upon hazard resilience has been pursued by scholars in individual areas of study; planning law, environmental law, tort law, constitutional law etc. The risk of climate change and developing scholarship in the area of climate change adaptation has seen an increasing realisation that if we are to build resilient communities these areas of law must be considered as a whole.
In Australia, the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has taken the initiative in this regard. The CRC is funding a joint research project on Mainstreaming Fire and Emergency Management across Legal and Policy Sectors: Joint Research and Policy Learning. This research is a collaborative project between the Australian National University (law and policy); the University of Canberra (urban and regional planning) and the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University (sharing responsibility).