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Rising seas are endangering the habitability and very existence of several small island nations, mostly in the Pacific and Indian oceans. This is the first book to focus on the myriad legal issues posed by this tragic situation: if a nation is under water, is it still a state? Does it still have a seat at the United Nations? What becomes of its exclusive economic zone, the basis for its fishing rights? What obligations do other nations have to take in the displaced populations, and what are these peoples' rights and legal status once they arrive? Should there be a new international agreement on climate-displaced populations? Do these nations and their citizens have any legal recourse for compensation? Are there any courts that will hear their claims, and based on what theories? Leading legal scholars from around the world address these novel questions and propose answers.


'Threatened Island Nations highlights current legal authorities and then explains how they can be used. It aims to provide a comprehensive summary of the legal issues involved and of the legal options for the future, which can guide legal and political activities.'

Janet Lewis Reinke Source: Law Library Journal

'… the volume is timely and highly relevant, and reaches its stated goal of providing 'a comprehensive summary of the legal issues at play and of legal options for the future, which can then guide constructive legal and political activities … As a legal book, it addresses primarily legal scholars, yet the contributions are of interest to a much wider audience, scientists and practitioners alike.'

Source: The Round Table

'This collection provides a unique contribution to a field increasingly crowded with political theorists, geographers, and migration scholars, offering a refreshing legal counterpoint to a debate that is becoming increasingly polarized between sweeping claims of global justice and pragmatic accounts of ‘migration as adaptation’.'

Susannah Wilcox Source: Global Law Books (

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