Environmental, health, & safety law

Environmental Law

Environmental law is an extremely broad area of law that incorporates a range of issues surrounding the environment including, but not limited to, water and air quality, hazardous waste, land use, ecology, species protection, agriculture, food safety, climate change, clean technology, forest & nature conservation, biodiversity, waste management, green initiatives, sustainability strategies and alternative energy sources, etc.
There are over fifty (50) domestic and international pieces of legislation and regulations on environmental law, the main one being the 1996 framework law on environmental management in Cameroon. Other pieces of legislation and regulations touch on pollution, waste treatment, management & elimination, environmental protection at sea, conservation of nature, regulations on the collection, transportation and treatment of industrial waste, protection of the atmosphere, radio protection, oil & gas laws on environmental management, water law, protection of nature, sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, environmental & social impact assessment rules, industrial waste management, standardisation norms, environmental protection rules at the borders, measures of hygiene and security on the workplace, organisation & functioning of medical services on the workplace, etc.

Dayspring Law Firm acts as advisor and legal advocate in the protection of the environment and natural resources. We advise actors in the oil & gas, and natural resources sector on ways to comply with environmental laws and regulations and litigation challenges. We also advice farmers, manufacturers, construction, and health care actors on compliance issues. We advise clients in the renewable energy sector and help environmental protection watchdog NGOs on the legal framework and on legal mechanisms available to effectively advocate & defend environment protection. We study environmental trends and advise policy makers and other stakeholders on necessary developments in environmental policy.

Health & Medical Law

The right to health was arguably asserted on the global scene, for the first time, in the WHO Constitution of 1946 as reaffirmed in the Declaration of Alma-Ata (International Conference on Primary Health Care) of 6-12 September, 1978 and finally in the World Health Declaration adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 16, 1998.
The right to health is recognized and enshrined in several domestic and international laws (WHO law, especially the International Health Regulations, 2005). Domestically, the foundation of health law is the constitutional right to health (and life), which has its source in several international human rights instruments. Medical law recognizes the rights of patients, lays down principles upon which responsibility can be established and damages determined and the basis upon which professional medical liability can be engaged.
Dayspring Law Firm provides advisory services and assistance on the drafting of charters of admitted patients in hospitals and medical facilities, advise patients on their rights, counsel on issues relating to medical malpractice, medical insurance, represent clients before courts of law, drive fair amicable settlements between professional practitioners and patients, etc.

We also help a variety of investors in the public and private health sector to implement their projects in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We help companies to implement a health, safety and security at work system which is compliant with applicable laws and regulations. We also draft special employment contracts for hiring medical and paramedical professionals within corporations who are required to provide health services to their personnel.
We assist actors in the pharmaceutical sector to navigate laws & regulations on pharmacies, we help with advice on procedures and follow-up of drug manufacture, pharmaceutical products & drugs registration, importation, and commercialisation. We also help the pharmaceutical sector with intellectual property issues (patents, trademarks, trade names and unfair competition issues).