2010 Symposium Panels

The Post-Disaster Economy: Law, Economic Rights and Resource Flow

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Ropes Gray, Pound Hall

The panel will explore the challenges facing the post natural disaster economy and potential use of law to augment strategies aimed at increasing the flow of resources. Specifically, the panelists will discuss the role of economic rights, microfinance and remittances as mechanisms for development.


Dr. Ali Cheema, professor,Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

Dr. Carine Roenen, director,Fonkoze, Haiti’s largest micro finance institution

Dr. Dilip Ratha, specialist on remittances and migration, World Bank; CEO, Migrating Out of Poverty

Moderated by: Ina Ganguli, Doctoral Fellow, Harvard’s Center for International Development; Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard Kennedy School

Rule of Law: Priorities for Achieving Justice and Stability in the Aftermath of Disasters

2:50p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Ropes Gray, Pound Hall

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, when judicial and law enforcement infrastructure is damaged or destroyed, official actors are incapacitated, and norms of law and order suspended, how should governments react?  What can external organizations do to promote the rule of law and access to justice in such situations?  What legal rules can be established in anticipation of these challenges?  This panel will discuss these and other questions relating to the recovery of domestic judicial and law enforcement systems in the wake of natural disasters.


Dr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, UN Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters

Dr. Vivienne O’Connor, senior rule of law advisor,U.S. Institute of Peace

Dr. Erica Harper, senior rule of law advisor, International Development Law Organization

Dr. Kala Mulqueeny, 2010 Yale World Fellow; Senior Counsel, Asian Development Bank

Moderated by: Ermal Frasheri, S.J.D. Candidate, Harvard Law School

Questions? Email lids@mail.law.harvard.edu.

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