Climate Change Displacement Conference | Addressing Climate Displacement Globally and Locally

Harvard Law School – Nov 4, 2016

As part of the Climate Change Displacement Conference, held at HLS in October, Bonnie Docherty, senior clinical instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic, moderated a panel discussion titled, “Addressing Climate Displacement Globally and Locally,” The panel included 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.

The panel discussion was part of a three-day conference sponsored by the International Human Rights Clinic, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. The conference featured a Q&A with the former president of Ireland Mary Robinson and a number of panel discussions which examined challenges of climate change, human rights, and displacement, and efforts to address this emerging crisis in the wake of the Paris COP 21 agreement.

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