Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti Cholera Case is an Innovative Approach to Justice

Our case against the UN for its lack of accountability for Haiti’s cholera epidemic has been called “the most serious challenge yet” to international organization immunity. We couldn’t do it without a network of allies who also want to see justice for Haiti’s cholera victims. The article below features an interview with one of those allies, Jack Regan of the WilmerHale, which collaborates on the case pro bono.

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Georges v. UN: An Innovative Approach to Justice for Haiti

BBA Week
May 1, 2015

Five years ago, the island nation of Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake, killing hundreds of thousands of people. Months after the 2010 disaster, Haiti faced another threat: cholera. Suddenly, an island that had never had a cholera outbreak in its recorded history was facing one of worst epidemics in the world. To date, the epidemic has killed nearly 9,000 and sickened 700,000 more.

A study into the origin of the bacteria led to a UN peacekeeper base, where human waste was dumped into Haiti’s principal river. As recently as January of this year, courts have ruled that the UN is immune to lawsuits on the epidemic.

Now, a Boston-based collaboration of non-profit and large firm lawyers is pioneering an innovative model for 21st century human rights advocacy.  Next week, the BBA will host apanel with The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), Nixon Peabody, and WilmerHale to discuss their cutting-edge tort suit, Georges v. United Nations, on behalf of the epidemic victims.

BBA Week spoke with BBA Past President Jack Regan (WilmerHale) on his firm’s participation in the case and why other attorneys should attend the May 7th panel.


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