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No state, no protection : exploring the legal protection for environmentally displaced persons

Arnör, Anders LU (2013) MRSK30 20122
Human Rights Studies
Abstract (Swedish)
Climate change has adverse impact on people’s lives and millions are forced away from their habitual residence because of it. Most experts agree that our standard of living is to blame for such environmental consequences. If not stronger measures are introduced; the situation will deteriorate. The purpose of this essay is to explore if existing legal instruments can be used to protect environmentally displaced persons, and if these instruments fail to do so, provide the basic grounds for how such an instrument should be construed. A hypothesis, or worst-case scenario is assumed in which the question whether the existing legal protection is sufficient, applies on people living in low-lying island states that risk disappearing. With support... (More)
Climate change has adverse impact on people’s lives and millions are forced away from their habitual residence because of it. Most experts agree that our standard of living is to blame for such environmental consequences. If not stronger measures are introduced; the situation will deteriorate. The purpose of this essay is to explore if existing legal instruments can be used to protect environmentally displaced persons, and if these instruments fail to do so, provide the basic grounds for how such an instrument should be construed. A hypothesis, or worst-case scenario is assumed in which the question whether the existing legal protection is sufficient, applies on people living in low-lying island states that risk disappearing. With support from the methodology of content analysis the existing legal protection is explored from a critical perspective. The results shows that environmentally displaced persons both lack protection and are put in a terminological grey zone. Neither the UN refugee convention nor the convention for stateless persons fulfill environmentally displaced person’s rights. The doctrine on the responsibility to protect equally fails to provide a safety net. However, the essay reveal that existing pieces from each text could be used to provide a foundation for a special climate refugee convention for these environmentally displaced persons. (Less)
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author
Arnör, Anders LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSK30 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
responsibility to protect, environmentally displaced persons: legal protection, Climate change, displacement, disappearing states, climate refugees, Human rights, mänskliga rättigheter
language
English
id
3358901
date added to LUP
2013-02-26 11:37:20
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:39
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  abstract     = {Climate change has adverse impact on people’s lives and millions are forced away from their habitual residence because of it. Most experts agree that our standard of living is to blame for such environmental consequences. If not stronger measures are introduced; the situation will deteriorate. The purpose of this essay is to explore if existing legal instruments can be used to protect environmentally displaced persons, and if these instruments fail to do so, provide the basic grounds for how such an instrument should be construed. A hypothesis, or worst-case scenario is assumed in which the question whether the existing legal protection is sufficient, applies on people living in low-lying island states that risk disappearing. With support from the methodology of content analysis the existing legal protection is explored from a critical perspective. The results shows that environmentally displaced persons both lack protection and are put in a terminological grey zone. Neither the UN refugee convention nor the convention for stateless persons fulfill environmentally displaced person’s rights. The doctrine on the responsibility to protect equally fails to provide a safety net. However, the essay reveal that existing pieces from each text could be used to provide a foundation for a special climate refugee convention for these environmentally displaced persons.},
  author       = {Arnör, Anders},
  keyword      = {responsibility to protect,environmentally displaced persons: legal protection,Climate change,displacement,disappearing states,climate refugees,Human rights,mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {No state, no protection : exploring the legal protection for environmentally displaced persons},
  year         = {2013},
}