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August 16, 2020 Rapid Response

Climate Migration and Displaced People

As many as a billion people could be displaced by climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events over the next 50 years. Internally displaced people and climate refugees are increasing in number around the world, and the challenges are only getting more complex. Conflict, terrorism, sex trafficking, and poverty are exacerbated by climate change and the resulting pressures on food sources, land use, and water access. Lawyers play a central role in facilitating the advancement of law and governance to plan for and manage climate refugees and IDPs; lawyers also protect clients by helping them to prepare for the changes ahead. Thinking about how the world will change over the coming decades and the unprecedented human migration that will result is now a necessity for professionals at every level. Panelists discussed the central legal and social issues surrounding climate migration and refugees.


  • Erin Daly, Professor of Law, Delaware Law School; Co-Founder, Dignity Rights Project, Delaware Law School
  • Ama Ruth Francis, Sabin Center 2018-2020 Climate Law Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Regina Paulose, International Criminal Law Attorney


Co-Sponsor: Environmental Law Institute


Presentation: Erin Daly

Transcript: Climate Migration and Displaced People

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