Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Legal Analysis of UN Immunity in Haiti Cholera and Other Cases

Below is a law review abstract on our cholera case against the United Nations, focused on the issue of UN immunity. The article examines the reasons for UN immunity, the case against absolute immunity and counterarguments against that position, and the idea of partial immunity or waiving UN immunity in particular cases (like cholera in Haiti). Click HERE for the full text. The United Nations as Good Samaritan: Immunity and Responsibility Kristen E. Boon, Chicago Journal of International Law January 2016 Since the U.N.’s founding, its need for immunity from the jurisdiction of member states courts has been understood as necessary to achieve its purposes. Immunities, however, conflict with an individual’s right to a remedy and the law’s ordinary principles of responsibility for causing harm. This inherent conflict at the center of the immunity doctrine has evolved into a very public rift in the Haiti Cholera, […]

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