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An Insecure Climate for Human Security? Climate-Induced Displacement and International Law


Ben Saul


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Jane McAdam


University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

October 31, 2008

HUMAN SECURITY & NON-CITIZENS, A. Edwards & C. Ferstman, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009
Sydney Centre for International Law Working Paper No. 4
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/131

Abstract:     
This paper first outlines the phenomenon of climate-induced displacement, with a focus on displacement from small island States (particularly in the Pacific), on which the impacts of climate change are well documented and keenly felt (although the challenges manifested there have parallels in vastly different contexts). The paper next reviews how existing international law applies to those displaced or at risk of displacement from the effects of climate change. Having identified the limitations of existing international law in responding to the needs of those displaced by climate change, this paper then focuses on whether the emerging concepts of 'human security' and the 'responsibility to protect' could provide useful frameworks for identifying and analyzing the rights and interests at risk and for crafting responses to those risks.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: international law, climate change, human security, human displacement, international environmental law, human rights, humanitarian law

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32, K33

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Date posted: November 4, 2008  

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Saul, Ben and McAdam, Jane, An Insecure Climate for Human Security? Climate-Induced Displacement and International Law (October 31, 2008). HUMAN SECURITY & NON-CITIZENS, A. Edwards & C. Ferstman, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2009; Sydney Centre for International Law Working Paper No. 4; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/131. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1292605

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Ben Saul (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.usyd.edu.au/about/staff/BenSaul/index.shtml
Jane McAdam
University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )
Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia
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