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Australian Journal of Asian Law

Abstract from Volume 9 No 2 (2007)

The 2005 South Asian Earthquake: Natural Calamity or Failure of State? State Liability and Remedies for Victims of Defective Construction in Pakistan

Maryam Khan is a Teaching Fellow, Department of Law and Policy, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan.
Osama Siddique is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Law and Policy, LUMS, Pakistan. Our sincere acknowledgement of Justice (Retd) Jawwad S Khawaja and Mr Syed Ali Murtaza for their valuable guidance and insights, and Ms Amna Liaqat and Ms Mehreen Shafiq for their able and diligent research assistance.

This article conducts a review and evaluation of the various potential legal remedies that might be available to the victims of the 2005 South Asian earthquake against public officials and the state. It argues that such litigation may establish accountability for the failures of the past and go some way toward providing compensation to those affected; it may also compel the state to establish adequate regulatory mechanisms for the future.

(2007) 9(2) Asian Law 187

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