Joint Conference on Climate Change Displacement
In late October 2016, the International Human Rights Clinic, the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic brought together experts from around the world for a three-day conference on climate change displacement, and the governance challengs associated with this emerging crisis. The conference was comprised mostly of closed-door meetings, with two public events:
October 20, 2016
“Climate Change Displacement:
Finding Solutions to an Emerging Crisis”
A Conversation with Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation- Climate Justice,
Former President of Ireland, and Current UN Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate
Dean Martha Minow
3:00- 5:00 p.m.
Harvard Law School
This event featured a conversation between Mary Robinson and Martha Minow on the topic of climate change, human rights and displacement. Mrs. Robinson is formerly the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, as well as the former UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. Read a summary of the conversation, along with excerpts.
October 21, 2016
“Addressing Climate Displacement Globally and Locally”
A Panel Discussion
12:00- 1:00 p.m.
Harvard Law School
A panel examining challenges at the intersection of climate change, human rights, and displacement. Experts from around the world will discuss international and domestic approaches to dealing with displacement driven by climate change crises, ranging from drought in Somalia to rising tides in Alaska.
The panelists were: Jane McAdam, Scientia Professor of Law and director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at University of New South Wales (UNSW), and the leader of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Refugees & Migrants; Walter Kälin, a professor of constitutional and international law at the University of Bern, envoy of the chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, and formerly Representative of the United Nations’ Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons; and Robin Bronen, a human rights attorney, senior research scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and co-founder and executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice. (Read the Harvard Gazette’s in-depth interview with Bronen)
This panel was moderated by Bonnie Docherty, senior clinical instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic.