University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series
Last Updated: 9 July 2010
Jane McAdam, University of New South Wales
This paper is available for download at http://law.bepress.com/unswwps/flrps10/art27/
This chapter is forthcoming in E. Piguet, A. Pécoud and P. de Guchteneire (eds), Migration, Environment and Climate Change (UNESCO, Paris).
This paper challenges calls for a new international treaty for ‘climate refugees’ or ‘climate migrants. Drawing in part on field work undertaken in Kiribati and Tuvalu, it examines some conceptual and pragmatic difficulties in attempting to construct a refugee-like instrument for people fleeing the effects of climate change, and critiques whether there are legal, as opposed to political, benefits to be gained by advocating for such an instrument.