Established in 2022, the RLI Working Group on Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement is a multi-disciplinary group of experts created by the RLI to address legal and policy issues relating to displacement and other forms of human mobility in the context of climate change and disasters. It provides an academic platform for promoting exchange and developing collaborative research on these issues at the national, regional and global levels. 

Key outputs and activities

  • The Working Group made a written submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the context of Climate Change in response to a call for inputs on “Addressing the human rights implications of climate change displacement including legal protection of people displaced across international borders”. The submission is available here.
  • It is currently working on a response to recent reports by the UN Special Rapporteurs the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the context of Climate Change, the Human rights of Internally Displaced Persons and the Human Rights of Migrants which each address climate change and displacement.

The Working Group is convened by Brian Aycock. RLI network members who wish to become involved should email the convenors directly. 

Current members

Brian Aycock

Assistant Professor, International Christian University, Japan

Zoé Briard

Student in Gender Studies / PhD Candidate (EDEM, UCL) / Teaching assistant (ULB)

Miriam Cullen

Associate Professor of Public Law and Sustainability, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law

Julia Kienast

Julia Kienast

Postdoc at Aarhus University; my academic titles are Dr.iur. and LL.M.

Liam Moore

PhD Candidate | Academic Tutor | Research Assistant - University of Wollongong

Ana Mosneaga 2

Dr. Ana Mosneaga

Tutor: Disasters, Climate Change and Displacement
Lecturer at the College of International Relations of Ritsumeikan Univeristy

Monica Namanya

PhD candidate, Irish Centre for Human Rights, University of Galway

Chiara Scissa

Chiara Scissa

PhD candidate in Law at the Institute of Law, Politics and Development, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

Sanjula Weerasinghe

Global Coordinator on Migration and Displacement at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)