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11th Refugee Law Initiative Annual Seminar Series
Academic Year 2020-21 Webinars
Human Mobility, Natural Hazards and Policy Responses
Register here: rli.sas.ac.uk/events
How can law and policy engage with the impact of natural hazards on human mobility?
Environmental processes shape human mobility, with rising displacement, migration and planned relocation, within countries and even across borders, as well as immobility for specific groups. Natural hazards that shape mobility in such contexts encompass the slow-onset impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, as well as sudden-onset disasters linked to storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and even biological hazards like the COVID-19 pandemic.
This webinar series brings together diverse scholarly and practitioner perspectives on how law and policy can respond to this global challenge. Its six topical sessions will be broadcast live in an interactive format via Zoom to enhance participation from across the globe. Each session will focus on a key aspect of the challenges and policy responses to human mobility in this context. Three sessions will take place in Oct-Dec 2020 and three in Jan-March 2021, with each session lasting for 1.5 hours.
The series is convened by the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) of the University of London and its Internal Displacement Research Programme, in partnership with the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD).
Sessions and Speakers:
Conceptualising policy – do ‘climate refugees’ or ‘environmental migrants’ really exist?
What are the terms used to label people whose reasons for moving are related to floods, tropical storms, droughts, glacier melting, earthquakes and other natural hazards? ‘Environmental migrants’? ‘Climate refugees’? ‘Disaster displaced persons’? During this webinar, leading scholars will share critical reflections on how we frame the issue of human mobility in ‘environmental’ contexts and its policy implications. The discussion will be moderated by David James Cantor, founding Director of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Data and knowledge on human mobility in the context of natural hazards
Moderator: Atle Solberg, PDD
State of the art on empirical evidence around diverse forms of human mobility and immobility in the context of environmental challenges, including empirical challenges, data and trends and projections for the future.
Global policy debates, mobility and natural hazards
Moderator: Nina Birkeland, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
How is the issue of human mobility in the context of disasters, environmental degradation and climate change treated in the global policy debate (including the Global Compacts for Migration and on Refugees, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC and the Task Force on Displacement)?
Internal displacement, migration and planned relocation in the context of natural hazards
Moderator: Greta Zeender, Secretariat, UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement
How is the issue of ‘environmental’ (im)mobility within countries is addressed in law, policy and strategies at international and national levels (including IDP law, disaster law etc)?
Legal responses to cross-border ‘environmental’ mobility
Moderator: Atle Solberg, PDD
How can law respond to ‘environmental’ cross-border (im)mobility at global, regional and national levels, including refugee and human rights law and migration law?
Implications for policy of a (post-?) COVID-19 world…
Moderators: David Cantor, RLI / Walter Kaelin, PDD
What are the implications of COVID-19, as a particular kind of a natural (biological) hazard, and its impact and implications for global trends and debates addressed in previous sessions?
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