The School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong organized the International Conference on Disaster Management: Challenges for Governance Reforms in Asia in March, 2005, a few months after the tsunami in South-East Asia. Several participants and presenters at this meeting got together to prepare this publication. It discusses thematic issues relating to disaster management and their implications for governance reform in Asia and beyond. Other issues covered include the assessment of the level of preparedness in the countries affected by the tsunami, the work of public and private institutions in Asia, and issues related to financial aid and relief work directed to the victims. The publication’s 15 chapters are divided in three parts that go from disaster laws to the rights of victims and regional perspectives for disaster management, humanitarian relief and rehabilitation. The price of the publication is US$52, and it is available from Sweet and Maxwell Publishers (