Edited by Paul G. Harris
Chapter 10: Climate refugees: realizing justice through existing institutions
This chapter examines avenues for realizing effective responses to mounting ‘climate refugee’ justice issues through UN refugee and climate policy mechanisms. It begins by discussing key normative justice issues that are unique to climate refugee cases. It explains the legal reasons that climate refugees are not currently extended rights to non-refoulement, asylum and relief that are available to other sorts of refugees under the UN Refugee Convention. The chapter assesses five proposals for addressing climate refugee cases and proposes ways those independent proposals could be co-implemented to realize effective international responses to emerging climate refugee justice issues. The chapter endorses means of addressing these issues using provisions of the UN Refugee Convention and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It suggests several ways of using new climate-event modelling methods to prioritize which climate justice issues are the most pressing.
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