Domestic regulation of international humanitarian relief in disasters and armed conflict: a comparative analysis

In both disasters and armed conflicts, domestic regulatory control over the entry and operation of international humanitarian relief workers can significantly impact their ability to address the critical needs of affected persons. Although similar problems arise in both contexts, the underlying dynamics and the applicable international law can be quite different. This article analyzes these similarities and differences and suggests distinct steps that might be taken to improve the capacities.

About the author

David Fisher
Senior Legal Research Officer

Senior Legal Research Officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cross Societies’ International Disaster Response Laws, Rules and Principles (IDRL) Programme.

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