Keynote: Climate-related Displacement: How Developments in the Law Took People, or Left Them, in 2019: Examining Legal Claims by Indigenous Communities and Children

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

Miriam Cullen - Other

According to the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 680 million people living in low-lying coastal zones will be impacted by rising sea levels by the end of this century. Yet there remains no international legal instrument to address the foreseeable displacement. This address will outline how the law’s ”take” on climate displaced people effects a the “protection gap” and how gaps in legal protection can ”leave” climate displaced people quite literally where they are. But perhaps a treaty is not the solution. This talk will examine two cases lodged this year before UN Human Rights treaty bodies seeking remedies for alleged human rights violations connected with climate change and leading to potential displacement. The first was lodged by the Torres Strait Islander community against the Government of Australia in the UN Human Rights Committee. The second was lodged by 16 children, including Greta Thunberg, against the governments of Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey before the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
5 Dec 2019

Event (Conference)

Title6th Annual Conference of the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies and the Malmo Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare
LocationCopenhagen University

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