Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate

May 23-25, 2011

In 2011, the Center for Climate Change Law and the Republic of the Marshall Islands co-sponsored a conference, “Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of a Changing Climate.” The meeting discussed such issues as continuing statehood and maintenance of maritime zones for states facing inundation from sea level rise; resettlement rights and practicalities of population displacement; liability for climatic harm in judicial forums; the utility of responsibility regimes under current law; and the role for a new convention on climate displacement. The conference proceedings ultimately resulted in the publication of a book capturing many of the articles and ideas that arose from the event.

This page provides logistical information, conference notes, video recordings of the proceedings, conference papers, press materials, and other materials that were not presented but are relevant to the conference.

Conference Logistics


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Conference Papers and Compilations


Speeches (chronological)

Event Video (Day 1, Part 1)

Event Video (Day 1, Part 2)

Event Video (Day 2, Part 1)

Event Video (Day 2, Part 2)

Event Video (Day 3)