Statehood in Times of Climate Change: Impacts of Sea Level Rise on the Concept of States by Frederick von PaepckeStatehood in Times of Climate Change: Impacts of Sea Level Rise on the Concept of States by Frederick von Paepcke

Statehood in Times of Climate Change: Impacts of Sea Level Rise on the Concept of States

byFrederick von Paepcke

Paperback | November 26, 2014

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Climate change is a most complex, global challenge for the international community and for international law. The tremendous negotiation efforts in the last decades did not result in effective mitigation measures, leading to a rising need for adaptation. Amidst a myriad of challenges, some small island states face an existential threat of losing their state territory due to sea level rise, a situation without precedence. What happens to their statehood when they lose a constituent criterion of a state? This thesis argues for a claim to a new state territory. Due to the existence of such a claim, island states continue to exist even when their territory is inundated, as the lack of a territory is not necessarily permanent.
Frederik von Paepcke studied Law at the Universities of Heidelberg, Lausanne and Münster. For the United Nations he worked as an advisor at the Mission of Tuvalu (Oceania) and holds a fellowship of the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (German Economy Foundation).
Title:Statehood in Times of Climate Change: Impacts of Sea Level Rise on the Concept of StatesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:November 26, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Inundation of a state territory due to sea level rise leads to a claim to a new state territory – Basis for this claim is the no harm rule interpreted in the context of other general and environmental aspects of international law – Statehood does not cease to exist in that case.