New Title from Aspen Publishers Explores Legal Aspects of Disaster Response, Reconstruction

Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond

(NEW YORK, NY, November 14, 2006) – Recent hurricanes and other disasters have demonstrated serious gaps in the legal system and its ability to respond to such events. Now, Aspen Publishers, part of the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business group, has announced the publication of Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond, a new legal resource that provides expert insight into disaster response, prevention and mitigation strategies. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students.

Integrating knowledge and experience from fields as diverse as urban planning, bankruptcy law and wetlands law, two leading experts – University of California, Berkeley School of Law Professor Dan Farber and University of Minnesota Professor of Law Jim Chen – provide an in-depth look at the legal process in disaster response and reconstruction.

“Innovative policies are needed if society is to deal effectively with the aftermath of disasters, and the risk of future ones, and although this book was conceptualized for the law school curriculum its message strikes a chord for all lawyers interested in effectively managing the legal implications of these events,” said Wolters Kluwer Law & Business product manager Jennifer Armstrong.

Comprehensive Resource Provides Timely, Expert Guidance

At first glance, disaster law seems to be nothing but a collection of legal rules that happen to come into play when communities have suffered severe physical damage. But at a deeper level, disaster law is about assembling the best portfolio of legal rules to deal with catastrophic risks – a portfolio that includes prevention, emergency response, compensation and insurance, and rebuilding strategies.

A comprehensive resource, Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond examines a wide range of issues and engages in provocative discussion of such topics as:

  • The goals and limits of Federal and military involvement in civilian and domestic support and our expectations of a swift and multi-layered response from government in times of a crisis versus government and private sector capabilities;
  • Medicaid issues and current federal legislation related to Medicaid and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts;
  • Environmental issues such as the Army Corps of Engineers' work on levee construction and the controversy over environmental litigation’s role in the Corps' projects, as well as the future reconstruction on floodplains; and
  • Issues concerning health care, communications, law enforcement and evacuation.

Past responses to Hurricane Andrew, the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the Loma Prieta Earthquake also are discussed along with a history of U.S. disaster response efforts.

For More Information

For more information or to order Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond (348 pages, $35.00), visit or call 1-800-950-5259.

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