- Code LAWS8008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Law School
- ANU College ANU College of Law
- Course subject Laws
- Areas of interest Development Studies, Law, Climate, Human Rights
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
While estimates of the scale of future climate displacement are notoriously difficult to prove with any precision, it is certain that many millions of people will be forced by the consequences of climate change to flee their homes and lands, and in some instances, their countries. International and national laws and institutions are arguably not yet capable of ensuring that the rights of climate displaced persons will be fully respected and protected.
This course will provide an overview of the phenomena of climate change and displacement, including an understanding of the dynamics of climate displacement, the countries which are now and in future likely be most heavily affected, and the legal and policy measures that will be required to ensure that all climate displaced persons are afforded rights-based and viable solutions to their displacement. The course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved, how they can be invoked and where work is underway today to protect the rights of climate displaced persons, with an emphasis on Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, analyse and evaluate the phenomena of climate change and displacement, their likely scale and consequences countries most heavily affected;
- Examine, investigate and advise upon the particular legal and policy challenges facing the most heavily affected countries, including Bangladesh, Kiribati, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu and how these may best be addressed;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international law, in particular human rights law, on climate displacement and the rights of those affected; and
- Recognise, distinguish and appraise the role of key actors in tackling climate displacement including UN agencies, national governments, civil society actors and affected communities.
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Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours. Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe prescribed text for this course is Leckie, Simperingham and Bakker (eds) Climate Change and Displacement Reader, Earthscan from Routledge, 2012.
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