This paper challenges calls for a new international treaty for ‘climate refugees’ or ‘climate migrants. Drawing in part on field work undertaken in Kiribati and Tuvalu, it examines some conceptual and pragmatic difficulties in attempting to construct a refugee-like instrument for people fleeing the effects of climate change, and critiques whether there are legal, as opposed to political, benefits to be gained by advocating for such an instrument.
Environmental Law | International Law
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Jane McAdam, "Refusing ‘Refuge’ in the Pacific: (De)Constructing Climate-Induced Displacement in International Law" (July 2010). University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series 2010. Working Paper 27.