DS Director Scott Leckie again taught his law school course on Human Rights and Climate Change at Melbourne Law School from 18-22 September 2017. Scott first designed this course in 2009 and has since, besides Melbourne Law School, taught it a range of leading law schools including the Australian National University, Monash Law and Mahidol University in Bangkok. Discussions are currently underway with several other universities which are considering also hosting the course. Laws70452 was honoured to host Barrister Michael Morehead who presented a lecture on the conferral of juristic person status to environmental entities, inspired by the Whanganui River case in New Zealand and other recent cases in India and beyond. The course was also delighted to host Pacific Affairs expert and journalist Nic McClellan who gave another great, but disheartening, talk on climate change and its growing impacts throughout the Pacific. The class was comprised of an extraordinary group of students hailing from every corner of the Planet – Seychelles, Pakistan, Hungary, Australia, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Philippines, Kuwait, Iran, Zimbabwe and the British Virgin Islands – and all of them were highly engaged and excellent in every respect. Thanks to the University of Melbourne and to everyone who took the course this year – here’s hoping that with this class the message that human rights are being undermined by climate change and that any effective strategy for tackling climate change must place human rights concerns front and centre, will reach ever more decision-maker’s ears in the months and years to come.
Using Planning Law to Prevent Climate Displacement - New DS Publication
Dhaka Tribune - The Critical Role of Land in Solving Climate Displacement
New Report Calls for Land Solutions to Climate Displacement
Climate Displacement Law Project: Towards an International Legal Standard
Based on our extensive experience working in more than 20 climate-affected countries, DS believes that in order to effectively address climate displacement States must take a perspective beyond the emergency humanitarian needs of those threatened with climate displacement. Measures and tools must be implemented now that both protect communities against displacement occurring as well as ensure that persons who are displaced can rebuild their lives with all of their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled. Although States are primarily responsible for preventing and resolving climate displacement in their territory, global solidarity is required in order to effectively address climate displacement. This includes ensuring the contribution of all States as well as a broad and inclusive range of stakeholders, disciplines and perspectives in the design and implementation of measures and tools to address climate displacement. To this end, DS today released a new report The Critical Role of Land Use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement which addresses the critical - and as yet largely unexplored - role that land use planning can and must play in preventing and resolving climate displacement. To access the report, click here: The Critical Role of Land use Planning in Preventing and Resolving Climate Displacement (August 2016) …...
On 17 October 2015 the Dhaka Tribune published an article by Displacement Solutions on "The Critical Role of Land in Solving Climate Displacement". The Article highlights that Bangladesh needs to plan for the relocation of communities at extreme risk of displacement from climate hazards. The Article is available online here....
A new report released by Displacement Solutions (DS) examines the real world challenges of securing and repurposing land to resettle people displaced by climate change. The report, Finding Land Solutions for Climate Displacement: A Challenge Like Few Others, takes an in-depth look at DS’ efforts to secure new homes for lost homes and new lands for lost land for people already on the move due to the consequences of global sea-level rise, melting arctic ice and severe weather events, in several climate-affected countries. DS was the first international organisation to work specifically on the issue of sourcing and repurposing land for settlement and has worked since 2007 in Bangladesh, Fiji, Kiribati, Maldives, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and elsewhere to seek concrete land-based solutions to climate displacement. The 112-page report proposes a number of practical recommendations for governments and advocacy NGOs that will assist in resolving climate displacement, including land acquisition, planned relocation measures and creative methods of compensation. DS Director and author of the report, Scott Leckie, estimates, using current data, that climate displacement is likely to affect more than 200 million people worldwide within the next 20 years. "We've worked out during the completion of the report, that somewhere between…...
Displacement Solution’s Climate Displacement Law Project comprises a series of objectives designed to solidify an acceptable international-standard legal framework for climate displacement law.