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Disaster Law The Haiti Project Panama, 19 September 2013 IFRC Disaster Law Programme. The Disaster Law Programme. Created in 2001 by a resolution of the RC RC Council of Delegates The Disaster Law Programme works in 3 areas: Technical Assistance Capacity Building

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Disaster LawThe Haiti ProjectPanama, 19 September 2013IFRC Disaster Law Programme


The Disaster Law Programme

  • Created in 2001 by a resolution of the RC RC Council of Delegates

  • The Disaster Law Programme works in 3 areas:

    • Technical Assistance

    • Capacity Building

    • Advocacy, dissemination and research


The IDRL Guidelines

  • Adopted by consensus by the XXX International Conference in 2007

  • Compile existing international standards and best practices

  • Recommendations to governments on how to prepare the national laws and procedures for international assistance

  • Implementation - new laws in at least 10 countries; IDRL projects in more than 20 countries and Model Legislation


Project in Haiti


The IDRL Report in Haiti

  • Developed in 2010 and 2011 in cooperation between CRH and IFRC and in consultation with various governmental actors, national and international

  • Analyses the international response to the earthquake of 12 January 2010:

    • Problems encountered

    • Mechanisms put in place

    • National legislative framework

  • Makes recommendations to the Haitian government in accordance with the IDRL Guidelines


  • Achievements

    • Comments provided to 2 Bills:

      • Importation of Medicines during an Emergency

      • Facilitation of Communications during an Emergency

    • Establishment with DPC and PAM of an inter-ministerial working group to work on Customs Clearance of Humanitarian Goods during Emergencies

    • Disaster Law workshop during the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Heads of States Summit

    • Pétion Ville Declaration adopted by the ACS Heads of States, committing to legal preparedness on IDRL issues


    Shelter Law

    • Desk-study report on the Regulatory barriers to the provision of emergency and transitional shelter

      • Lack of land registration

      • Work needed on conflict resolution and expropriation

    • An additional field-study report has been prepared

      • Practical implications of the legal gaps: interviews with stakeholders


    Objectivesfor 2013

    • Development of a National Action Plan on the facilitation and regulation of international disaster assistance by the DCP and other government entities

    • Bi-national conference with Dominican Republic to continue the dialogue on IDRL issues

    • Training of the HRC, government, and partner IGOs and NGOs to improve their skills and knowledge on Disaster Law

    • Additional technical assistance aiming at the adoption of new laws, regulations and procedures.


    Scope for work in 2014

    • Supporting the implementation of the National Action Plan

    • Supporting the ongoing working group on Customs clearance of humanitarian goods during emergencies

    • Bilateral initiatives with Dominican Republic

    • Addressing the regulatory barrier on emergency and transitional shelter


    Lessons Learned

    Legal Operational

    • In a major international relief operation, legal risks and challenges are inevitable.

      • An IFRC legal delegate should be deployed for a temporary period onsite in the early days of the operation.

      • Second wave deployment for recovery and preparedness

        Disaster Law

    • Advocacy and technical support on IDRL at the early stages of the response operation

    • DL should be included in any HD Plan of Action

    • Disaster Law should be part of any recovery plan of action

    • Many legal issues could be avoided through national legal preparedness prior to a disaster.


    Conclusion and ways forward

    • Pilot deployments of a legal delegate to support large emergency operations (FACT/RIT)

    • Future deployments of a disaster law delegate through the Shelter Cluster and other appropriate mechanisms related to the overall relief effort

    • Integrate IDRL work as part of the IFRC’s standard recovery work in disaster-affected countries

    • Place special emphasis on IDRL advocacy in disaster prone countries as a preparedness measure


    • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON DISASTER LAW, PLEASE CONTACT:

    • In GenevaDavid Fisher, Global Disaster Law Programme Coordinator

    • Email: [email protected]; phone: 141 22 730 4360

    • In Panama CityIsabelle Granger, Americas Disaster Law Programme Coordinator

    • Email: [email protected]; phone: +507 317 3050

    • In Haiti

    • Rocio Escauriaza, Disaster Law Delegate

    • Email: [email protected]; phone: +509 31705985

    • Addis AbabaIda Marstein, Africa Disaster Law Programme Coordinator

    • Email: [email protected]; phone: +251 11 551 4571

    • In Kuala LumpurTessa Kelly, Asia-Pacific Disaster Law Programme Coordinator

    • Email: [email protected]; phone: + 60 3 9207 5764

    • In SuvaFinauLimuloa, Humanitarian Diplomacy Delegate for the Pacific

    • Email: [email protected]; phone: +679 331 1855


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