State Practice on Protection from Disasters and Related Harms

Jane Mcadam

in Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199587087
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738494 | DOI:
State Practice on Protection from Disasters and Related Harms

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This chapter examines particular legislative and ad hoc schemes developed by States which may assist people fleeing the impacts of disasters and other serious environmental harm. To date, most responses to cross-border climate change-related or environmental displacement have been domestic ones rather than international agreements. The chapter catalogues temporary protection responses, asylum-type mechanisms, and ad hoc humanitarian schemes (group and individual) to elucidate the potential scope of existing domestic and regional frameworks in responding to climate change-related movement. Overall, it shows how varied and unpredictable these mechanisms are.

Keywords: legislative protection; ad hoc humanitarian schemes; climate change-related movement; environmental displacement; temporary protection responses; asylum-type mechanisms

Chapter.  10615 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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