Mitigating Disaster: A Communitarian Response

Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 9, 2008

18 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2019

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Robert Ackerman

Wayne State University Law School

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

In this essay, I present a communitarian view as to how we might best respond to disaster, and in particular, to losses suffered by the direct victims of disaster. My focus will be on financial compensation to disaster victims, which admittedly occupies only a small part of the spectrum of disaster response. Emergency "first responder" activities are matters about which I have no expertise; volunteering at my local food bank hardly qualifies me to advise FEMA or the Red Cross. The blunders for which these organizations have recently been responsible are apparent, and so are some of their causes, but the engineering of more effective responses is a matter on which I would be foolish to opine. My background in tort law, conflict resolution, and administrative law does provide a modicum of expertise on compensation systems, so it is in that area that I will offer some communitarian principles and suggest some practical considerations.

Suggested Citation

Ackerman, Robert, Mitigating Disaster: A Communitarian Response (2008). Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol 9, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3475739

Robert Ackerman (Contact Author)

Wayne State University Law School ( email )

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Detroit, MI 48202
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