Environmental justice and the rights of ecological refugees


Environmental justice and the rights of ecological refugees

Laura Westra

Earthscan, 2009

  • : hardback
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Environmental justice & the rights of ecological refugees

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-292) and index



Climate change and other environmental problems are increasingly leading to the displacement of populations from their homelands, whether through drought, flooding, famine or other causes. Worse, there is currently no protection in international law for people made refugees by such means. Following on from her previous explorations of environmental justice as it relates to future generations and indigenous peoples, Laura Westra now turns her attention to the plight of ecological refugees. In Part I, Westra provides an overview of what defines an ecological refugee and their present legal status. Part II goes into greater depth as to who the vulnerable are and what protection they have in international law. Part III looks to the future, advocating a comprehensive approach to the problem. With extensive examples and analysis, this is a compelling treatment that will be indispensable for legal professionals, government and business leaders, academics and students of the role of law in the protection of the rights of refugees.


Prologue Part I: Present Refugee Law: Political and Legal Issues and Problems 1: The Question of Environmental Refugees 2: International Assistance and the Refugee Convention's Five Grounds of Persecution 3: State Protection and State Responsibility to Ecological Refugees Part II: Ecological Refugees and Refugee Law: The Interface 4: The Five Grounds Revisited: Who are the Vulnerable? 5: Ecological Refugees: Protection and Rights in International Law Part III: The Way Forward: Existing Legal Instruments and New Provisions 6: International Law Beyond the Convention on the Status of Refugees 7: Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Protecting Refugees and the Internally Displaced

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