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Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law


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Introduction 1: Conceptualizing Climate Change-Related Movement 2: The Relevance of International Refugee Law 3: Climate Change-Related Movement and International Human Rights Law: The Role of Complementary Protection 4: State Practice on Protection from Disasters and Related Harms 5: 'Disappearing States', Statelessness, and Relocation 6: Moving with Dignity: Responding to Climate Change-Related Mobility in Bangladesh 7: 'Protection' or 'Migration'? The 'Climate Refugee' Treaty Debate 8: Institutional Governance 9: Overarching Normative Principles Conclusion

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Jane McAdam is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, Australia and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She is the Director of the International Refugee and Migration Law project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. She is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford's Refugee Studies Centre. Professor McAdam is the Associate Rapporteur of the Convention Refugee Status and Subsidiary Protection Working Party for the International Association of Refugee Law Judges; an adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the legal aspects of climate-related displacement; and has been a consultant to the Australian and British governments on migration and displacement issues, about which she has written extensively.


`This is an extraordinarily thorough piece of work, both in terms of the material it summarizes or refers to ... and in its original contributions to one of the hottest contemporary debates in the forced migration field.' Jean-Francois Durieux, International Journal of Refugee Law

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