Global studies


Effective law and regulation of disaster risk reduction:  a multi-country study

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) collaborated on a multi-country report to assess legal frameworks for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in 31 countries. The purpose of this report is to support legislators, public administrators, practitioners and advocates to prepare and implement effective legal frameworks for disaster risk management that are adapted to their own country’s needs, drawing on  experience from other countries.


Law and legal issues in international disaster response: a desk study

With the rise in the number of disasters and international actors involved, international disaster response is becoming increasingly complex from a regulatory standpoint. Legal problems are emerging as a major impediment to efficiently and appropriately meeting the needs of affected communities and promoting local capacity and resilience. This desk study compiles the insights gained by the International Federation’s IDRL programme through its legal research, case studies, consultations and a global survey on existing regulatory frameworks and remaining problem areas.


International disaster response laws, principles and practice: reflections, prospects and challenges

This publication includes papers written by legal experts and disaster managers covering a range of topics from the conceptual to the practical on the various laws, rules and principles applicable in peace time disasters.