Climate: what “right to the future” for displaced people?edit
Online university conference
Floods, rising waters, desertification, large-scale pollution, nuclear accidents… there are many reasons why people may be forced to move.
However, international law does not grant refugee status to people affected by these phenomena. Indeed, the current legal instruments and regimes do not – or do not sufficiently – meet the protection needs of “climate or environmental refugees”.
This is because current legal instruments and regimes do not – or do not sufficiently – address the protection needs of so-called “climate or environmental refugees”.
How can this shortcoming be addressed? What right to the future could we recognise for these populations, who are deprived of their territory and “everything attached to it” (access to resources, cultural identity…)?
The conference proposes to clarify the obstacles imposed by the current regime and to draw up perspectives and proposals for a necessary evolution of the legal framework of asylum, a major challenge for the protection of human rights in the light, in particular, of the climate emergency.