Humanitarian Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Humanitarian Doctrine is a principle of Tort law which requires an individual to take all reasonable action to avoid an accident where peril to another human being is otherwise imminent. It is the defendant’s duty to act on reasonable appearance of imminent peril and, if thereafter possible, call into action every means at hand to prevent the threatened injury. Even if the plaintiff is negligent, if the defendant knows of the peril in which the plaintiff has placed himself/herself, it is defendant's duty, after acquiring such knowledge to avoid the accident if that can be done by the exercise of ordinary care.