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Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA)

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies is a public university institute with special autonomy working in the field of applied sciences. The DIRPOLIS Institute (Institute of Law, Politics and Development) is a research center devoted to interdisciplinary studies in the fields of law, economics and political sciences. Its core mission is to conduct innovative research by adopting a multidisciplinary approach to offer a comprehensive and multi-faceted representation of legal, social, economic and political phenomena. The Institute strives to provide scientifically sound and action-oriented bases to effective decision-making processes, at both private and public levels. The Institute offers graduate and post-graduate courses built upon theoretical and applied research. It also organizes advanced-level training events aimed at professionals wishing to acquire new skills and knowledge in their respective fields of work. The Institute offers consultancy services for a wide range of international, national and regional entities. It actively disseminates the results of its research by organizing conferences, seminars, workshops and training courses, both in Italy and abroad.



SSSA is the coordinating institution of the CBRN-ITALY research project and is responsible for keeping the project’s Advisory Board updated. In Stage 2, the research unit is responsible for the analysis of the international framework governing protection against CBRN terrorism, protection against CBRN events including a focus on the role of Human Rights Law and Environmental Law, as well as of the issue of reparations and remedies. In Stage 3, SSSA will establish a common methodology for carrying out the assessment of the national frameworks and will then particularly focus on assessing the adequacy of the framework covering the private sector and the media landscape. Finally, in the last stage of the project SSSA will be responsible for providing recommendations and guidelines related to prevention of CBRN events in Italy.


Previous research activities

  • Inter-university research project on “The Duty of Care of International Organizations towards their Personnel: Legal Issues and Implementation Challenges” (2017-2018)
  • EU funded research project “ANYWHERE - EnhANcing emergencY management and response to extreme WeatHER and climate Events” (2016-2019; H2020 Secure Societies)
  • EU funded project on “CBRN-Integrated Response Italy, Strengthening CBRN-response in Europe by enhancing on-site cooperation between safety and security organizations” (2013-2015; DG HOME-Prevention and fight against crime)
  • FIRB Project on “International Disaster Response Law: Regole e principi di diritto internazionale e dell’Unione europea in materia di prevenzione e gestione dei disastri naturali e antropici” (2013-2016)
  • Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Role of the European Union (FP7 project funded by the EC)


Relevant publications

Books / Edited books

  • F. Zorzi Giustiniani, E. Sommario, F.Casolari, G. Bartolini (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters, Routledge (2018)
  • A. de Guttry, M. Frulli, E. Greppi, C. Macchi (eds.), The Duty of Care of International Organizations Towards Their Civilian Personnel. Legal Obligations and Implementation challenges, T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer (2018)
  • A. de Guttry, F. Capone, C. Paulussen (eds.), Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond, T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer (2016)
  • A. de Guttry, M. Gestri, G. Venturini (eds.), International Disaster Response Law, Springer (2012),
  • De Guttry, “International Disaster Response Law: A Research Area Attracting Increasing Interest Among Scholars and Practitioners in Europe, in European Police Science and Research Bulletin, Issue 9, Winter 2013, p. 14 ff.

Journal articles

  • S. Venier, "A Right to Information Relevant to Disaster SituationsBroadening the Concept beyond Early Warning and Addressing the Challenges Posed by Information and Communication Technologies. In: Yearbook of International Disaster Law Online (2019)
  • E. Sommario, F. Spagnuolo, M. Alabrese, ‘“Feeding the Hungry, Quenching the thirsty”: Shaping the Rights to Food and Water in Disaster Settings through Humanitarian Standards’, in Global Jurist (2019)
  • E. Sommario and S. Venier, ‘Human rights law and Disaster risk reduction’, in Questions of International Law (2018), pp. 29-47
  • M. Bonfanti and F.Capone, 'Fostering a Comprehensive Security Approach: An exploratory Case Study of CBRN Crisis Management Frameworks in Eleven European countries', Information and Security (2015), pp. 55-80.

Book Chapters

  • S. Venier and F. Capone, ‘Speaking with One or Multiple Voices in Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems? A Survey of International and National Legal and Policy Frameworks’, in K. Samuel et al. (eds) The Cambridge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law, Cambridge University Press (2019), pp. 150-169,
  • A. Creta, Integrating human rights into disaster management: normative, operational and methodological aspects, in F. Zorzi Giustiniani et al. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters, Routledge (2018), pp. 132-148.
  • E. Sommario, Limitation and Derogation Provisions in International Human Rights Law Treaties and Their Use in Disaster Settings, in F. Zorzi Giustiniani et al. (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Disasters, Routledge (2018), pp. 98-118
  • F. Capone, 'The EU Response to the CBRN Terrorism Threat: A Critical Overview of the Current Policy and Legal Framework', in A. Malizia et al. (eds.), Enhancing CBRNE Safety & Security: Proceedings of the SICC 2017 Conference, Springer (2018), pp. 243-251.
  • E. Sommario, One law to bind them all: International law and disaster resilience, in A. Herwig and M. Simoncini (eds.), Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilience, Routledge (2016), pp. 245-251.
  • A. Creta, A (human) right to humanitarian assistance in disaster situations? Surveying Public International Law – in A. de Guttry et al. (eds.), International Disaster Response Law, T.M.C. Asser Press – Springer (2012), pp. 353-379.
  • E. Sommario, Derogation from Human Rights Treaties in Situations of Natural or Man-made Disasters, in de Guttry et al. (eds.), International Disaster Response Law, T.M.C. Asser Press - Springer (2012) 323-352