Current Developments

Swapping livelihood with electricity

Legal analysis of human rights violations by Guinea’s new dam construction

Guinea’s Souapiti dam which is slated to start functioning in September 2020, is seen as a systematic means to provide urgent electricity access to the country. The construction of the dam, however, comes at a considerable human cost and will displace an estimated 16,000 number of people. A report documented by Human Rights Watch (HRW) highlights that the dam’s reservoir will eventually “flood 253 square kilometres of land, including a …

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Climate JusticeSymposium

Klimagerechtigkeit – ein Recht auf Heimat?

Das Thema Klimagerechtigkeit hat in den letzten Jahren viel Aufmerksamkeit erfahren. Die explizite Aufnahme von Klimagerechtigkeit in die Präambel des Pariser Übereinkommens von 2015 wurde sowohl von Aktivisten als auch Umweltrechtlern als Meilenstein gewertet. Dabei hat sich das Prinzip der Klimagerechtigkeit aus dem Konzept der Umweltgerechtigkeit (environmental justice) über die Jahrzehnte entwickelt. Ging es Umweltaktivisten der ersten Stunde noch um die gerechte geographische Verteilung von Nachteilen, die aus der Nutzung …

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Climate JusticeSymposium

Displacement in connection with climate change: does transitional justice offer a lens for durable solutions?

Forced displacement is not a recent phenomenon. However, in recent years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that there are over 65.6 million persons forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of conflicts, disasters, persecution, and other factors. In fact, the number of individuals forcibly displaced is the highest since the Second World War. Given this unprecedented number of forcibly displaced persons worldwide, corresponding protection …

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Klima- und umweltbedingte FluchtSymposium

Conceivable legal responses to environmental displacement

Natural disasters have always in human history triggered population movements. Mobility is indeed a traditional coping mechanism for populations confronted with changes in their living environment. Scientific evidence and projections of the impacts of climate change on the environment however suggest that the phenomenon will increase in the coming years and decades, affecting primarily developing countries and vulnerable populations. As mentioned by Walter Kälin, whereas internally-displaced people remain under the …

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