Kate Jastram


There is no doubt that the United States, even under existing law, could do much more to protect people displaced across international borders in the context of climate change and disasters. All branches of government have a role to play. Federal courts must thoughtfully assess litigants bringing asylum and CAT claims in the context of climate change and disasters. The administration must clarify interpretation of the refugee definition and use all available tools at its disposal to create new legal pathways as outlined in the White House Report. For its part, Congress must modernize the statutory basis for international protection in line with ICCPR requirements, the Cartagena Declaration definition, and a specific category for climate-displaced persons. (Abstract is the Article's Conclusion.)