Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law
Edited by Benoît Mayer, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong and François Crépeau, Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada
Concerns have arisen in recent decades about the impact of climate change on human mobility. Many people affected by climate change are forced or otherwise decide to migrate within or across international borders. Despite its clear importance, many questions remain open regarding the nature of the climate-migration nexus and its implications for laws and institutions. In the face of such uncertainty, this Research Handbook offers a comprehensive picture of laws and institutions relevant to climate migration and the multiple, often contradictory perspectives on the topic.
Carefully edited chapters by leading scholars in the field provide a cross section of the various debates on what laws do, can do and should do in relation to the impacts of climate change on migration. A first part analyses the relations between climate change and migration. A second part explores how existing laws and institutions address the climate-migration nexus. In the final part, the chapters discuss possible ways forward.
This timely Research Handbook provides much-needed insight into this complex issue for graduate and post-graduate students in climate change or migration law. It will also appeal to students and scholars in political science, international relations, environmental studies and migration studies, as well as policymakers and advocates.
Benoît Mayer and François Crépeau
Part I Perspectives on the climate-migration nexus
2. Climate-related migration and its linkages to vulnerability, adaptation, and socio-economic inequality: evidence from recent examples
3. ‘Climate-induced migration’: ways forward in the face of an intrinsically equivocal concept
Calum T.M. Nicholson
4. Representation and misrepresentation of climate migrants
Part II Existing laws and institutions
5. The inadequacy of international refugee law in response to environmental migration
6. The relevance of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement for the climate change-migration nexus
7. Climate Change, Human Rights and Migration: A Legal Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities
8. Indigenous peoples, climate migration and international human rights law in Africa, with reflections on the relevance of the Kampala Convention
Ademola Oluborode Jegede
9. International Climate Change Law Perspectives
10. Displacement Due to Responses to Climate Change: The Role of a Rights-Based Approach
Sébastien Jodoin, Kathryn Hansen and Caylee Hong
11. Climate change, migration and the law of State responsibility
12. Regional responses to climate change and migration in Latin America
Erika Pires Ramos and Fernanda de Salles Cavedon Capdeville
13. Organizational perspectives: International Organization for Migration’s role and perspectives on climate change, migration and the law
Gervais Appave, Alice Sironi, Mariam Traore Chazalnoel, Dina Ionesco and Daria Mokhnacheva
14. Organizational Perspective from the International Labour Organization
Sophia Kagan, Meredith Byrne and Michelle Leighton
15. Engaging the media on climate-linked migration
Part III Ways forward?
16. Ethical Duties to Climate Migrants
Katrina M. Wyman
17. When climate-induced migration meets loss and damage: a weakening agenda-setting process?
Chloé Anne Vlassopoulos
18. The refugees of the Anthropocene
19. Towards a Global Governance System to Protect Climate Migrants: Taking Stock
Frank Biermann and Ingrid Boas
20. Towards a Climate Change Displacement Facility
Ilona Millar and Kylie Wilson
21. Towards an extension of complementary protection?
Susan F. Martin
James C. Hathaway