Int. J. of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies   »   2017 Vol.5, No.2



Title: Climate refugees and their 'refugee' status


Author: Kunal Kanodia


Address: Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, 617 Hamilton Hall MC2861, New York, NY 10027, USA


Abstract: This article explores the manner in which the growing problem of climate refugees poses a significant legal, social and ethical challenge to international humanitarian law. It takes note of the obligations of the Global North, and takes into account different humanitarian and legal arguments that have been acknowledged by national courts. It goes on to talk about legal obligations to deal with climate change in the Netherlands, and what this means for climate refugees. It proposes solutions, and emphasises the necessity of a synthetical approach to accommodate climate refugees.


Keywords: climate refugee; refugee; climate change; international law.


DOI: 10.1504/IJHRCS.2017.10009530


Int. J. of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, 2017 Vol.5, No.2, pp.102 - 110


Submission date: 27 Dec 2016
Date of acceptance: 31 Dec 2016
Available online: 05 Dec 2017



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