Global Migration Centre Webinar
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Sea-level rise: Displacement, Migration and Human Rights

Patrícia Galvão Teles
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Patrícia Galvão Teles is currently Member of the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC), Professor of International Law at the Autonomous University of Lisbon and Senior Legal Consultant on International Law at the Legal Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is also a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).She is a Graduate Institute Alumni and is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Global Migration Centre.


One of the most important and pressing current global challenges is the issue of climate change and its adverse effects, namely those arising from rising sea-levels. This phenomenon of sea-level rise presents challenges to many areas of International Law, such as those related to the law of the sea, statehood and the protection of persons affected by sea-level rise.

This lecture will discuss the specific issue of sea-level rise and its impact from the point of view of displacement, migration and human rights, an issue that is meriting attention both from the International Law Association (ILA) and the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC). In particular, it will look at the ongoing work of the ILC's recently created Study Group on "Sea-level rise in relation to International Law", of which the speaker is one of the Co-Chairs.