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Climate Refugees

Beyond the Legal Impasse?

Edited by Simon Behrman, Avidan Kent

Routledge – 2018 – 288 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Environmental Migration, Displacement and Resettlement

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Description

Current estimates of the numbers of people who will be forced from their homes as a result of climate change by the middle of the century range from 50 to 200 million. Therefore, even the most optimistic projections envisage a crisis of migration that will dwarf any we have seen so far. And yet attempts to develop legal mechanisms to deal with this impending crisis have reached an impasse that shows little sign of being overcome. This is in spite of the rapidly growing academic study and policy development in the area of climate change generally.

'Climate Refugees': Beyond the Legal Impasse? addresses a fundamental gap in academic literature and policy making – namely the legal ‘no-man’s land’ in which the issue of climate refugees currently resides. Past proposals for the regulation of climate-induced migration are evaluated, inter aliaby their original authors, and the volume also looksat current attempts to regulate climate-induced migration, including by officials from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Platform on Displacement Disaster (PDD).

Bringing together experts from a variety of academic fields, as well as officials from leading international organisations, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of Environmental Law, Refugee Law, Human Rights Law, Environmental Studies and International Relations.

Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations

PART I: FOUNDATIONS

Chapter 1: Overcoming the Legal Impasse? Setting the scene

Simon Behrman & Avidan Kent

Chapter 2: ‘Climate Refugees’ a Legal Mapping Exercise

Jolanda van der Vliet

Chapter 3: A New Category of Refugees? "Climate Refugees" and a Gaping Hole in International Law Sumudu Atapattu

Chapter 4: Norm Formalization in International Policy Cooperation - A Framework for Analysis Elin Jakobsson

PART II: DEFINING AND CATEGORISING

Chapter 5: Justice and Climate Migration: The Importance of Nomenclature in the Discourse on 21st Century Mobility

Maxine Burkett

Chapter 6: Who Are "Climate Refugees"? Academic Engagement in the Post-Truth Era

Benoit Mayer

PART III: GOVERNING CLIMATE REFUGEES: THE PERSPECTIVE OF INTER-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

Chapter 7: Advancing the Global Governance of Climate Migration through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Global Compact on Migration: Perspectives from the International Organization for Migration

Mariam Traore Chazalnoel and Dina Ionesco

Chapter 8: Enhancing Legal Protection for People Displaced in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities

Madeline Garlick, Marine Franck & Erica Bower

Chapter 9: State-Led, Regional, Consultative Processes: Opportunities to Develop Legal Frameworks on Disaster

Displacement Platform on Disaster Displacement

PART IV: REGULATING CLIMATE REFUGEES WITHIN EXISTING LEGAL REGIMES

Chapter 10: Drawing Upon International Refugee Law: The Precautionary Approach to Protecting Climate Change Displaced Persons

Jenny Poon

Chapter 11: Public International Law’s Applicability to Migration as Adaptation: Fit For Purpose? Thekli Anastasiou

Chapter 12: Climate Migrants’ Right to Enjoy their Culture

Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh

Chapter 13: Beyond the Shortcomings of International Law: a Proposal for the Legal Protection of Climate Migrants

Beatriz Felipe Pérez

PART V: ENVISIONING SUI GENERIS PATHWAYS

Chapter 14: Towards an International Legal Status of Environmentally-Displaced Persons Michel Prieur

Chapter 15: Cross-Border Displacement Due to Environmental Disaster: A Proposal for UN Guiding Principles to Fill the Legal Protection Gap

Camilla Schloss

Chapter 16: Global Governance to Protect Future Climate Refugees

Frank Biermann

Author Bio

Simon Behrman is a lecturer at the Law School at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Avidan Kent is a lecturer at the University of East Anglia, UK, and a Fellow of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (McGill/Cambridge University).

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Description: Edited by Simon Behrman, Avidan Kent. Current estimates of the numbers of people who will be forced from their homes as a result of climate change by the middle of the century range from 50 to 200 million. Therefore, even the most optimistic projections envisage a crisis of migration that...
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