Mass Fatality Management: Issues in Identifying and Repatriating Following Mass Fatalities Abroad

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Pearson, Brittany




Globalization has led to an increase in foreign nationals, including Canadians, perishing abroad as a result of a mass fatality event (MFE). Despite ongoing efforts to establish comprehensive mass fatality management plans (MFMP), there isn't an effective "one-size-fits-all" model. Due to the complexity and numerous factors following MFEs, there is a need for ongoing innovation regarding MFMP. I will use the New Haven School of International Law decision-making model as it provides a structured framework in which previous MFM decisions can be appraised, and proposals can be made. Following the analysis of three MFE case studies, I provide recommendations regarding mass fatality management (MFM), with specific considerations paid to various legal issues surrounding jurisdiction over the deceased. I will analyze decisions made by international actors regarding recovery and the forensic identification of deceased following these three events in an effort to illustrate the requirement for flexible and agile MFMP.


Medical and Forensic Anthropology




Carleton University

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