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Haiti: A Pathfinder to Post-Earthquake Responses for Environmental and Natural Resources

Haiti: Environmental Legal Resources

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Compiled by: Stephanie K. Marshall, Assistant Director for Faculty Services, Coleman Karesh Law Library.

This list is organized around four themes: Haiti-specific Information; Environmental Law Web Guides & Directories; General Legal Resources; Open Sources for law review articles.

Haiti-specific Information

2010 Earthquake in Haiti
U.S. Department of State
http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/ha/earthquake/index.htm

CIA World Factbook
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ha.html
Environmental International agreements

Convention on Biodiversity Status
http://www.cbd.int/doc/world/ht/ht-nbsap-01-en.pdf
National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Francophonie
An international organization analogous roughly to the British Commonwealth but for former French colonies
http://www.francophonie.org/Haiti.html
Haiti is a member. Caveat: Much of the content is in French.

GlobaLex - Researching Haitian Law
http://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex/Haiti.htm
Structure of Government & Laws

Haiti Earthquake Response
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health
http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/index.cfm?id=2479

Haiti Guidance and Information
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
http://www.hhs.gov/haiti/guidance.html

Health Resources for Haiti
http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/haitiearthquake.html
National Institutes of Health; National Library of Medicine created this apprehensive list of Haiti resources

Information about the Earthquake in Haiti
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/

Latin America and the Caribbean: Haiti Earthquake
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
http://www.usaid.gov/helphaiti/

NATLEX
http://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex_browse.home
Database of labor, social security and human rights laws maintained by the International Labor Organization (Haiti's page http://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex_browse.country?p_lang=en&p_country=HTI

OAS Treaty page
http://www.oas.org/dil/treaties_and_agreements.htm
This Organization of States (OAS) depository, maintained by the Secretariat for Legal Affairs, contains information for inter-American treaties and the agreements of the OAS and its organs.

Public Health Issues and Priorities for the Haiti Earthquake
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/

Public Health Responders in Haiti
http://www.hhs.gov/disasters/emergency/naturaldisasters/earthquake/haiti/index.html#first
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

State Department: Background Notes (last updated 09/09)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1982.htm
U.S. Department of State site with a profile of Haiti including history, government, economy, travel/business, etc.

Environmental Law Web Guides & Directories

American Society of International Law
http://www.asil.org/resource/env1.htm
ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Environmental Law. The American Society of International Law advances international law scholarship and education for international law professionals as well as for broader policy-making audiences and the public.

A Brief Guide to the Management of Building Waste Materials in Emergencies
http://www.sheltercentre.org/library/A+Brief+Guide+Management+Building+Waste+Materials+Emergencies
This project is a collaboration between ProAct Network, Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR) and Shelter Centre.

Cornell's Legal Information Institute
http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/environmental.html
The Legal Information Institute is a non-profit activity of Cornell Law School supported by grants, the consulting work of its co-directors, and gifts.

Disaster Recovery and Environmental Health
http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/disasterrecovery.html
Enviro-Health Links, National Library of Medicine

Disaster Site Management
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/sitemgt.html
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Duke's IGO & NGO Research Guides
http://library.duke.edu/research/subject/guides/ngo_guide/
International and Non-governmental Organization Research Guides created by Duke University librarians.

ECOLEX
http://www.ecolex.org/start.php
Search treaties, legislation, court decisions & literature

Electronic Information System for International Law
http://www.eisil.org/
EISIL has been developed, with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), a scholarly association that has been a leader in the analysis, dissemination and development of international law since 1906.

Environmental Health in Emergencies and Disasters: A Practical Guide
http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/hygiene/emergencies/emergencies2002/en/
World Health Organization (WHO)

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
http://www.elaw.org/
E-Law Network of over 300 public interest advocates from 60 countries

Environmental Law Websites
http://www.ll.georgetown.edu/intl/envirolinks/index.htm
Georgetown University Law-International & Foreign Law Dept.

Environmental LawNet
http://lawvianet.com/
Environmental Law site created by David Blackmar, an environmental and energy lawyer.

Environmental Treaties & Resource Indicators (ENTRI)
http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/entri/
Multi-lateral environmental treaty data

FAOLex (Legal Office of the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations)
http://faolex.fao.org/faolex/index.htm
A database of laws on agriculture, real property and fisheries maintained by the Food and Agriculture Organization; contains selected laws of Haiti.

FindLaw: Environmental Law:
http://www.findlaw.com/01topics/13environmental/index.html
Newsletters, expert witnesses, investigators, etc.

Forest Landscapes Initiative
http://www.wri.org/project/global-forest-watch

Georgetown University Law Library-Environmental Law Research Guide
http://www.ll.georgetown.edu/guides/environmental.cfm

GlobaLex
http://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex/International_Environmental_Legal_Research1.htm
A Basic Guide to International Environmental Legal Research

International Crisis Group
http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/
(Reports & Briefings)

International Environmental Law Research Guide-Georgetown Law Library
http://www.ll.georgetown.edu/intl/guides/InternationalEnvironmentalLaw.cfm

Mulilateral Project (Tufts)
http://fletcher.tufts.edu/multilaterals.html
Texts of international multilateral conventions and other instruments

National Technical Information Service
http://www.ntis.gov/

Northwestern University's International Documents Collection
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/govinfo/resource/internat/countries.html

Organization of American States
http://www.oas.org/en/news/haiti_earthquake_relief/haiti_earthquake_relief.asp

UC Berkeley's IGO Subject Guides
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/govinfo/intl/gov_intlgen.html

United Nations Environment Programme
http://www.unep.org/

U.S. Department of State: See Country Profiles
http://www.state.gov/

USAID (Agency for International Development)
http://www.usaid.gov/

Virtual Chase Environmental Law Research Guide
http://www.virtualchase.com/topics/environmental.shtml

WHO Technical Notes for Emergencies: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/hygiene/envsan/technotes/en/
World Health Organization (WHO)

World Resources Institute
http://www.wri.org/

General Legal Resources

WorldCat
http://www.worldcat.org
Search the collections of libraries in your community and worldwide at once to locate books, CDs, videos, and digital content as well as some article citations that link to their full-text:

Open Sources for law review articles

ABA's Free Full-text Online Law Review/Law Journal Search Engine
http://www.abanet.org/tech/ltrc/lawreviewsearch.html

Advance Legal Scholar> Legal Opinions and journals
http://scholar.google.com/advanced_scholar_search

Legal Journals Online
http://law.usc.edu/library/resources/journals.cfm
General and Subject Specific Law Reviews
Full Text, Abstracts, and Tables of Contents
Legal Tab>Area of Law by Topic> Environment>Search Analysis, Law Reviews & Journals

SSRN (Social Science Research Network)
http://www.ssrn.com/
For Open sources for law review articles


ABOUT THIS PATHFINDER

This project was researched primarily by the Spring 2010 Environmental Law Seminar students at the University of South Carolina School of Law: Victor A. Dorobantu, Erin Kee, Daniel Y. Lee, Katherine M. Malloy, W. Guy Quinn, William R. Timmons IV, Amanda B. Turner. They were supervised by Professor Kim Diana Connolly, and assisted by librarians Terrye Conroy, Rebekah Maxwell and Stephanie Marshall. Coordinating partners were certain staff of the Environmental Law Institute, Konpay, the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Technical assistance with web design was provided by USC School of Law webmaster Tobias Brasier. All questions or comments regarding the pathfinder should be directed to Professor Connolly. Broken links should be reported to lawweb@law.sc.edu. This website is NOT intended as legal advice, and particularized analysis by professionals should be sought wherever appropriate. It is current as of March 26, 2010.