Legal and ethical aspects of disaster management
Disaster health management: A primer for students and practitioners
Routledge / Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication
Fitzgerald, G., Tarrant, M., Aitken, P. & Fredriksen, M.
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Law and ethics have an important role to play in emergency management. In addition to coordinating functions, legal frameworks at the international, national and sub-national level provide a framework establishing who can lawfully act, what can and cannot be lawfully done, and the manner in which actions should be taken. Law also plays an important role in specifying that in the midst of an emergency situation, the vulnerable should be protected, and human rights respected. With a foundation of respect for the dignity of individuals and communities, ethics is as equally important as ethics and morality inform decision-making around what should be done and the manner in which it should be done.