Climate Change and Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Legal and Policy Responses

Venue: 
NSW Parliament House
Organisation: 
Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law
Time: 
8.30 am - 5.30 pm
Date: 
Thu, 2011-11-10 - Fri, 2011-11-11

The aim of this conference is to present research by leading international academics and officials from affected countries on climate change and migration/displacement to an Australian audience, with a particular focus on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific region.  It will cover themes such as: Conceptualizing climate change-related movement; The nature of movement – what does the evidence tell us?; Legal protection frameworks; ‘Migration with dignity’; Relocation and land tenure; Statehood; and Institutional responses.

Flyer and  Program available.

Registrations now open.

Webcast

Day 1

Session 1: Conceptualizing climate change-related movement
Speakers for this session:
Professor Walter Kalin
Dr Francois Gemenne
Professor Graeme Hugo

Session 2: The nature of movement - what does the evidence tell us?
Speakers for this session:
Professor Richard Bedford
Professor Jon Barnett
Dr Maryanne Loughry

Session 3: International Legal Frameworks
Speakers for this session:
Professor Rosemary Rayfuse
Professor Geoff Gilbert
Professor Jane McAdam

Session 4: International governance
Speakers for this session:
Dr Elizabeth Ferris
Professor Lavanya Rajamani
Dr Koko Warner

Day 2

Session 1: Adaptation and 'migration with dignity'
Speakers for this session:
Tessie Lambourne
The Hon Saber Chowdhury MP

Session 2: Relocation and land tenutre
Speakers for this session:
Associate Professor John Campbell
Professor Brian Opeskin and Gil Tabucanon
Anita Jowitt

Session 3: Climate change migration and (human) security
Speakers for this session:
Professor Lorraine Elliott
Rabab Fatima
Professor Ben Saul

Session 4: Institutional responses - where to from here?
Speakers for this session:
Rick Towle
Nina Hall
Marc Limon

Media

Please click on the heading above for related media coverage

The Law Report – Climate Change: The Pacific.  This is a 30 minute radio programme featuring interviews with conference speakers Dr Maryanne Loughry, Tessie Lambourne and Professor Richard Bedford (22 November 2011).  

The Law Report – Climate Change: Indian Ocean.  This is a 30 minute radio programme featuring interviews with conference speakers Saber Chowdhury, Professor Jane McAdam, Rabab Fatima, Marc Limon and Tessie Lambourne (29 November 2011). 

Nic Maclellan writes on ‘Kiribati’s Policy for “Migration with Dignity”’ (8 December 2011).

  

Papers

Professor Jon Barnett, Department of Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne:
‘Premature Evacuation: Issues of Time, Choice and Power’

Rabab Fatima, Representative, International Organization for Migration:
‘Assessing the Evidence: Climate Change and Migration in Bangladesh’

Dr Elizabeth Ferris, Brookings Institution, Washington:
‘Lessons Learned from Displacement from Development Projects and Natural Disasters’

Dr François Gemenne, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, Sciences Po Paris:
‘From Scepticism to Alarmism: Conceptualizing Climate-Related Movement’

Nina Hall, PhD Candidate in International Relations, University of Oxford:
‘Institutional Change and Climate Change in UNHCR and IOM’

Professor Walter Kälin, Faculty of Law, University of Bern and former UN Representative on Internally Displaced Persons:
‘A Typology for Climate-Induced Migration’

Marc Limon, Legal Advisor to the Government of the Maldives:
‘Human Rights Obligations and Accountability in the Face of Climate Change’

Professor Brian Opeskin and Gil Tabucanon, Faculty of Law, Macquarie University:
‘The Resettlement of Nauruans in Australia: An Early Case of Failed Environmental Migration’

Professor Rosemary Rayfuse, Faculty of Law, UNSW:
‘Sea-Level Rise and Maritime Zones: Preserving Maritime Entitlements of “Disappearing States”’

 

 

Published chapters by many of the conference speakers are available in Jane McAdam (ed), Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2010).