Migration and Climate Change: Legal and Practical Challenges


Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 316, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Join us for a CHRLP/Oppenheimer Chair talk with Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellow Hanna Haile.

RSVP at oppenheimer [at] mcgill.ca


Although human movement related to environmental change is not a new phenomenon, there is a growing concern that the numbers of persons displaced as a result of the current and future trends in global climate change could turn out to be unmanageably large.

This concern has sparked debates in legal, policy and academic circles on what should be done to address the plight of those who migrate or are displaced because of events that have resulted from or become aggravated by climate change. The talk will explore legal and policy responses to address this phenomenon, including creative interpretation of existing international law, and the adoption of a new multilateral instrument. It will also discuss the developing jurisprudence in New Zealand’s courts.

The speaker

Hanna Haile is a Steinberg Post-Doctoral Fellow at the McGill Center for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Her research and writing interests lie in the fields of international human rights, migration, environmental law, sustainability and intellectual property rights, with a particular focus on the question of how cultural phenomena shape and are shaped by law. Recently, she has been working on a project on the impacts of the activities of copper mining companies on communities living on the Copperbelt of Zambia. She has worked for the US Research Institute for Social Development, Cornell University, the University of Asmara and the High Court of Asmara. She holds a J.S.D. and an LL.M. from Cornell Law, and an LL.B. from the University of Asmara.