Thursday, November 3, 2011
The University of Kentucky College of Law will host Helping and Hindering Disaster Relief: Law, Policies, and Politics Impact Aid, the 2011 James and Mary Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor Conference, on Friday, November 4, 2011. Featured speakers include fellow nonprofits law professor Nina J. Crimm (James and Mary Lassiter Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law and Professor at St. John's University School of Law ), as well as William Canny (Director of Emergency Operations, Catholic Relief Services), James P. Cullen (Retired Brigadier General, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps), and Greg Elder (Acting Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development). The conference announcement offers the following overview:
Over many years, the United States government, its executive and independent agencies, and nonprofit humanitarian organizations have assumed vital roles in providing disaster relief to victims of innumerable natural and man-made disasters. Their ability to respond and operate diplomatically, quickly, efficiently, and effectively has been impacted not only by financial and human resource capacities, but also by domestic, international, and foreign laws and policies, politics, and infrastructures. This conference presents perspectives and insights as to problems that face several notable governmental and non-governmental actors – the United States military, the United States Agency for International Development, and nonprofit humanitarian relief organizations – and how laws, policies, politics, and infrastructures help and hinder disaster relief responses and interactions among responders, perhaps especially those with responsibilities for providing initial assistance.