Panel 3

Resilience and natural disasters

Wednesday, 3rd of february 2021
13.15 - 14.15

The concept of resilience has been used in legal science for the last ten years. In particular, it is used to determine the extent to which legal and institutional systems are capable not only of withstanding a shock generated by a crisis, but also of reorganising their components in order to adapt to the consequences of such shocks.

Thomas Webb studied for his LL.B (Hons) between 2006 and 2009 at Lancaster University. In October 2009, having secured funding through a Lancaster University PhD Studentship Award, he began a PhD on constitutionalism and complexity theory. He successfully defended his thesis in May 2013. Between October 2009 and September 2012 Tom was employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant as part of his Studentship. Since September 2012, Tom has been employed by Lancaster University Law School as a Faculty Academic Fellow in Law.

Tom is interested in administrative justice in the tribunals system, particularly as regards immigration and mental health tribunals, and Associate Manager Panels. Tom is also conducting research into public law, particularly the theory of constitutionalism, and the use of complexity theory (a systems theory) as a critical device in law. In addition to this Dr Webb has also written on the theory of autopoiesis. He conducts his works in Mental health law, public and administrative law, complexity and autopoietic systems theory. He is currently teaching public law at the Lancaster University.


Robert Geyer is Professor of Politics, Complexity and Policy. He obtained a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego in 1986, an MA in International Political Economy from U of Essex in 1987, an MA in Political Science from U of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and a PhD in Political Science from UW-Madison in 1995. After working at the University of Liverpool for 10 years, Professor Geyer joined Lancaster University in 2006 and since that time he has been the Head of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Dean for Engagement and Internationalisation, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University Academic Director (International) and LU Interim Dean (Internationalisation). Professor Geyer supervises PhD. students in international political economy, European politics, policy and integration, Scandinavian politics, and Complexity and public policy.


Flore Vanackére holds a Bachelors degree in Public and Constitutional Law and a Masters degree in European Public Law at the Free University of Brussels. She holds a Certificate of Research formation in theory of Law at the Centre of Public Law of the Free University of Brussels. She taught constitutional Law, as well as administrative Law and methodology of research in Public national and European Law. From 2016 to 2019, she has participated in various projects on History of Law at the faculty of Law of the University of Roma Tre. After having been working as a legal expert in public, economic and financial Law at the Belgian public administration, Ms Vanackère began a PhD in European institutional Law at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva. From September 2019, she has been teaching EU Law and jurisprudence at the University of Geneva and has been participating in the organisation of international academic events.


Yuliya Kaspiarovich obtained a master's degree in European studies from the Global Studies Institute (GSI) of the University of Gèneve and a master's degree in European and international law from the Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV. She also studied translation and interpretation at the Linguistic University of Minsk (Belarus). She worked as a legal and parliamentary assistant to a member of the Swiss National Council, carried out numerous translation and interpretation assignments at the French Embassy in Belarus. In addition, she did an internship at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (EEC). Currently, she is a teaching and research assistant at the Global Studies Institute (GSI) of the University of Geneva (since 2014). Yuliya Kaspiarovich obtained the prestigious Academy Diploma from the European University Institute in Florence.