Public Lecture: Border Externalisation, Climate Change and Refugees

In January 2020, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled that people who flee the effects of climate change and disasters should not be returned to their country of origin if essential human rights would be at risk on return. At the same time, powerful states are stopping refugee movements in their tracks, often referring them to protection in transit states that undercuts their human rights. Will the recognition of climate-related motives for flight be met by another round of externalization policies? Or will the intensifying debate on the climate emergency challenge their legitimacy? A Public Lecture by Dr. Matthew Scott (Raoul Wallenberg Institute) with comments by Carl Söderbergh (Minority Rights Group International). Chair: Gregor Noll (Gothenburg University)

Matthew Scott is Senior Researcher, Head of People on the Move Thematic Area, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He has recently published Climate Change, Disasters and the Refugee Convention (CUP 2020).

Carl Söderbergh is Director of Policy and Communications at Minority Rights Group International (MRG), London. He has recently researched the impact of the climate crisis on a fisher community in Senegal and acted as senior editor on MRG's latest annual report focusing on climate justice.

Chair: Gregor Noll, Professor of International Law, Gothenburg University


23 September 2020
16:15 - 18:00 (Central European Time)

This event is being held online and will be recorded and made available on the CONREP website