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30 June 2014

Re-Establishing Justice After a Natural Disaster

In the aftermath of the L’Aquila earthquake the world almost stopped spinning in disbelieve. What prompted surprise were not the catastrophic consequences of the earthquake, but the initiation by Italian prosecutors of a trial against six scientists and one public official for their reassurances about safety on the eve of the tragic event. The global disbelieve only grew last year as the competent tribunal sentenced each of the seven to six years’ imprisonment for manslaughter. While the dominant narrative depicted these events as an instance of ‘science on trial’, we dismiss this interpretation as inaccurate and provide – by relying on the detailed legal and policy analysis offered by the individual contributors to this special issue – an alternative, contextual, and more informed reading. The special issue on the L'Aquila is edited by Kristian Cedervall Lauta, and contains contributions from researchers all around Europe.

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