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Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law$
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Jane McAdam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587087.001.0001

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Overarching Normative Principles

Overarching Normative Principles

(p.237) 9 Overarching Normative Principles
Climate Change, Forced Migration, and International Law

Jane Mcadam

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws together the themes of Chapters 7 and 8 to consider the overarching normative principles of international cooperation, humanity, and dignity that should underpin State and institutional responses to cross-border displacement in the context of climate change and disasters. By placing the needs and rights of the affected individual at the centre of analysis, they mandate that legal and policy responses are human-rights-focused. There is an increasing coalescence of institutional support for the creation of a set of guiding principles, similar in nature to the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, to provide a guiding framework in cross-border scenarios. This is coupled with a noticeable shift in emphasis at the international level away from ‘climate change’ displacement, to a focus on ‘disasters’, of which climate change-related disasters are a sub-category. This sits more comfortably with the conceptual problems of isolating ‘climate change’ as a cause of movement, discussed throughout the book.

Keywords:   international cooperation, institutional responses, cross-border displacement, climate change, natural disasters, Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement

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