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Prof. Walter Kälin

Mr. Walter Kälin
Professor of International Law
Institute of Public Law
Faculty of Law
University of Bern


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Disaster Prevention and Relief
Climate Change and Population Movements
Effects of climate change including sudden onset disasters or slow onset environmental degradation are becoming an important cause of displacement. Present international law provides protection for affected persons to a considerable degree if they remain within their own country as internally displaced persons but fails to address the needs of those displaced across an international border.

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Disaster Prevention and Relief
Climate Change and Population Movements
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A. Legal Instruments
Convention on Rights and Duties of States, Montevideo, 26 December 1933.

Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Paris, 10 December 1948.

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 213, p. 221.

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 28 July 1951, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189, p. 137.

Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, New York, 28 September 1954, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 360, p. 117.

OAU Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, Addis Ababa, 10 September 1969, , United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1001, p. 45.

American Convention on Human Rights, San José, 22 November 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1144, p. 124.

International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, New York, 18 December 1990, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2220, p. 3.

Arab Charter on Human Rights, Tunis, 15 September 1994.

Protocol on the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons, Nairobi, 30 November 2006.

The Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Action, Kampala, 2-7 March 2008.

Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa, Kampala, 23 October 2009.
B. Jurisprudence
European Court of Human Rights, Chahal v. the United Kingdom, no. 22414/93, ECHR 1996 V.
C. Documents
Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.

Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: Annotations, by Walter Kälin (available on the website of the American Society for International Law).

Economic and Social Council resolution 1998/53 of 11 February 1998 (Further Promotion and Encouragement of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, including the Question of the Programme and Methods of Work of the Commission).

General Assembly resolution 60/1 of 16 September 2005 (World Summit Outcome), para. 132.

General Assembly resolution 60/168 of 16 December 2005 (Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons), para.8.

Human Rights Council resolution of 12 December 2007 (Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including the Right to Development).

General Assembly resolution 62/153 of 18 December 2007 (Protection of and assistance to internally displaced persons).
D. Doctrine
J. Crawford, The Creation of States in International Law, Oxford, Clarendon, 2006, 2nd edition, p.715.
E. Additional References