Disaster law

Disasters can cause enormous human suffering and loss. But the right laws and policies can help keep communities safe and save lives.

IFRC Disaster Law is the global leader in providing disaster law technical advice to governments.

Laws and policies support all aspects of disaster risk management and help to protect and prepare communities around the world. As we face climate change, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly frequent and intense disasters, the need for effective disaster laws continues to rise.

For more than 20 years, IFRC Disaster Law has worked with Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and governments to improve disaster risk governance. We have provided support in more than 95 countries and helped more than 40 countries to improve their disaster laws.

Our unique work includes local capacity building, advocacy, research and organizing peer learning opportunities on disaster law.

Our areas of focus

International disaster response law

Climate-smart disaster risk reduction

Disaster preparedness and response

Disaster recovery

Protection and inclusion

Public health emergencies

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