The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : International Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Threatened Island Nations Conference May 23-25
By Columbia Law School
May 19, 2011 - 3:41:12 PM

Email this article
 Printer friendly page

Islandimage.jpg.jpg

New York, NY - The Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School will host the first international academic conference to examine the legal options for island nations whose continued existence is in jeopardy because of rising sea levels and climate change.

The consensus is that absent corrective action, several low-lying island nations likely will become uninhabitable in a matter of decades, posing a serious security risk and potentially forcing the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people to other countries. Other island nations may also experience serious long-term risks.

The conference, to take place May 23-25, is also sponsored by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, whose president, Jurelang Zedkaia and Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Silk,are among the dignitaries slated to attend. The conference will examine the legal options for such issues

  • Preserving marine rights. How are resources and borders defined when a nation disappears?
  • Resettlement and migration as a new refugee population is created. Can larger countries be obligated to take in these displaced persons? Is this a politically acceptable situation?
  • Can a nation preserve its statehood and sovereignty if it physically ceases to exist?
  • Who would pay for these enormous undertakings?
  • How can nations adapt to rising sea levels and prolong the habitability of these islands? What long-range design and policy alternatives may exist?

These are all novel, intriguing questions that government officials and international lawyers have yet to answer and will be explored in-depth at the conference.

WHAT: The conference “Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate”

WHEN: May 23-25, 2011

WHERE: Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th St., New York, NY

WHO: Marshall Islands President Jurelang Zedkaia and Foreign Affairs Minister John Silk, Center for Climate Change Law Director Michael Gerrard, and dozens of leading government officials, diplomats, lawyers, academics, and scientists. A profile of Gerrard and his work on this issue can be seen here. This event is also sponsored by The Earth Institute of Columbia University and The World Bank.

All sessions will be webcast live. Follow the conference on Twitter using the #risingseas hash tag.

Media who wish to attend must register with the Law School’s Public Affairs Office, at 212-854-2650, or publicaffairs@law.columbia.edu by May 19 .

A subsequent advisory will contain live and remote interview availabilities at the conference, a confirmed list of panelists, and a webcast link.


Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2011 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

International
Latest Headlines
US Coast Guard to suspend search for missing teens on Friday at sunset
Bahamas given Tier 1 Trafficking in Persons ranking
OAS Proposes Mechanisms for Dominican Republic-Haiti Dialogue and Support for Displaced Persons
PM Delivers Key Note Address at CANTO in Miami, Fl
Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue Co-Chairs Announced
RBPF Sr. Lt. Anthony Bowe participates in Caribbean Defense and Security Course
Norland Post Office Dedication to Honour Bahamian Descendant Father Marquess-Barry
Members of the RBPF Participate in Forensic Firearms Examination Course
NASA’s New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto
Civil Society Bahamas (CSB) Represented at the Bahamian-American Association in New York City, USA
Bahamas Consulate in Atlanta Hosts Independence Celebrations
Kareem Mortimer and CARGO included at first Caribbean Film Mart
COB Students Celebrate 3rd Place Finish in Caribbean Students Colloquium
PAHO/WHO Director Encourages Strong Action To Advance Health For All
Joint Communiqué - 3rd Meeting of the Joint CARIFORUM-EU Council
Bahamian Shares Country's Culture In China‏
19th African American Hotel Owners & Investment Summit kicks-off in Miami
PAHO/WHO and Bahamas gov't engage national stakeholders in dialogue on universal access to health coverage
Quotable Caribbean: Perry Christie, Paul Pennicook, Moses Kirkconnell and more...
NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
Genesis Junkanoo performance highlights Bahamas Independence celebrations in D.C.
CARICOM Leaders Served Cassava-Based Dishes at CARICOM Heads of Government Summit
Miya signs water efficiency project estimated at $42.5M in Jamaica
OAS Deploys Mission to Assess Situation of Haitian Migrants
Bahamian Independence Message by US Secretary of State John Kerry
Popeyes to Celebrate with The Bahamas for Independence Day Festivities in Atlanta
Ambassador Newry Ends Chairmanship of the Caucus of CARICOM Ambassadors
Caribbean entertainer to launch website/app for talent in the U.S
Quotable Caribbean: Karen Whitt, Frank Comito, Bonita Morgan, and more...
Bahamians attend 23rd Annual Caribbean International Festival of Life
Changing the International Perception of the Caribbean from Tourism
Young Bahamians Conversation Series continues at Embassy of The Bahamas
Fred Mitchell addresses St. Mathew's Church in Delray, Florida in observance of the 239th US Independence‏
Bahamian is Panelist at Film Festival Event in China‏
RBDF Rangers Band perform in Rhode Island, USA
Fisher lady of Punta Gorda, recognized as CRFM Fisher of the Year
Bahamas High Commission to Host Passport Clinic in Toronto July 22-24
WHO validates Cuba’s elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis
Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth
Rahming participates in high-level launch at UN