International Law and Climate Migration

Research Project

GLS received a seed grant from the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) in spring 2012 to organize a planning workshop on climate migration.

Workshop on "Adapting to Climate Change: An Innovative Legal Approach to Climate Migration"  (November 9-10, 2012), Lubar Commons (7200 Law), UW Law School

  • Sponsors: Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), GLS, the International Division, Graduate School, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), UW Law School. Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, European Union Center of Excellence

  • Speakers/commentators: Keith Syrett (Cardiff University), Christina Voigt (University of Oslo), Dina-Kristin Topphol Midflo (University of Bergen), Dongsheng Zang  (University of Washington-Seattle), Medhanit Adamu (University of Washington-Seattle), Katherine Curtis (UW-Madison), Sumudu Atapattu (UW-Madison), Heinz Klug (UW-Madison), Stephanie Tai (UW-Madison) and Alexandra Huneeus (UW-Madison)

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Scholars affiliated with the project

  • Dina-Kristin Topphol Midflo (University of Bergen)

  • Medhanit Adamu (University of Washington-Seattle)

Follow up activities

A session proposal was submitted to the Law and Society Association meeting in spring 2013 titled "Climate Migration: From International Law to Local Conditions" by six of the scholars affiliated with the project.

A follow-up workshop was planned at the University of Washington-Seattle sponsored by the Washington Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and GLS in fall 2013.

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