On Climate Migration and International Trade

Vienna Journal of International Constitutional Law, Vol. 6, No. 3-4, pp. 410-440, 2012

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 124/2012

31 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2012 Last revised: 4 Jan 2013

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

Date Written: September 30, 2012

Abstract

This article provides a legal analysis of climate migration and examines the potential impact of such migration on international trade. It is generally accepted that climate change will have widespread impacts and that people must be ready to adapt to those impacts. One of the ways people are likely to adapt is by migrating (i.e., climate migration), and in spite of the fact that this has become one of the most widely discussed areas of climate change adaptation, there is, as yet, no solid grasp of its potential scope. This article analyzes first the legal options for climate migrants and then provides an analysis of the potential link between climate migration and international trade.

Keywords: climate migration, international trade, climate change adaptation, international legal obligations, public morals, WTO general exceptions

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael, On Climate Migration and International Trade (September 30, 2012). Vienna Journal of International Constitutional Law, Vol. 6, No. 3-4, pp. 410-440, 2012; Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 124/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2154390

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