The contribution of International and European law in addressing the challenges
An increasing number of people leave their homes because of disasters and environmental degradation and it is expected that in the near future climate change will be the primary push factor of migration, at both internal and international level. Despite the global awareness of the phenomenon, its complexity poses a number of legal and political challenges. In particular, it requires multiple responses depending on factors such as the various causes of migration (sudden-onset disasters, slow-onset climatic events, sea level rise etc.), its expected duration and the geographical context. In this framework international law has a crucial role to play, by providing the necessary tools to manage migratory flows as well as to protect the human rights of those involved.

The conference aims to stimulate the debate on current practices and possible solutions to address the gaps of the existing international legal framework on environmental migration. We welcome in particular contributions by early career academics presenting theoretical as well as practical approaches related, for instance, to the following themes:
– Reception and stay in host countries: protection regimes for environmentally induced migrants (IDPs included)
– Regional approaches to adaptive migration
– Climate migration and human rights
– Migration in the context of the UNFCCC framework
– The governance of environmental migration in the post-2015 UN Development Agenda and in the UN sponsored Global Compacts

Senior and junior scholars (including PhD students) are invited to participate to the call for papers of the International Conference which will take place in “Sapienza” University of Rome, CORIS Department, on 5th November 2018.

Working languages: English and Italian.

Papers submitted will be reviewed by a Scientific Committee of distinguished scholars in the relevant academic field, chaired by Professor Sergio Marchisio, whose Members are: Carlo Curti Gialdino and Alessandra Mignolli (“Sapienza” University of Rome); Alessandra Annoni, Marcello Di Filippo, Eugenio Zaniboni (DIEMA Coordinators); Andrea Crescenzi (ISGI-CNR); Flavia Zorzi Giustiniani (Uninettuno University).
The papers must be original and not published. They will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Only one abstract per author will be considered.
The Scientific Committee will take into account the most worthy papers for presentation at the conference and/or for online publication.
Abstracts must not exceed 350 words and have to be submitted to the following mail address:

Conference participants are responsible for their own expenses. The Organization will only provide for a light lunch the day of the conference.
In addition to the abstract, each submission should contain a separate file containing information on:
 The topic of the call for papers for which the abstract is submitted;
 The author’s name and affiliation;
 A short (one page) author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications;
 The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number.

The deadline for abstract submission is on the 27th of July 2018

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