Legal and Ethical Aspects of Disaster Management

McDonald, Fiona, Eburn, Michael, & Smith, Erin (2016) Legal and Ethical Aspects of Disaster Management. In FitzGerald, Gerard, Tarrant, Mike, Aitken, Peter, & Fredriksen, Marie (Eds.) Disaster Health Management: A Primer for Students and Practitioners. Routledge, Abington, Oxon, pp. 58-69.

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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.

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ID Code: 98934
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Disaster health law, Disaster health ethics, Disasters, Health law, Health ethics
ISBN: 9781138911185
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2017 Routledge
Deposited On: 20 Sep 2016 22:44
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 18:22

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