Underwater Self-determination: Sea-level Rise and Deterritorialized Small Island States

  title={Underwater Self-determination: Sea-level Rise and Deterritorialized Small Island States},
  author={J{\"o}rgen {\"O}dalen},
  journal={Ethics, Policy \& Environment},
  pages={225 - 237}
  • Jörgen Ödalen
  • Published 4 May 2014
  • Political Science
  • Ethics, Policy & Environment
Global climate change is likely to become a major cause of future migration. Small Island States are particularly vulnerable since territorial destruction caused by sea level rise poses a threat to their entire existence. This raises important issues concerning state sovereignty and self-determination. Is it possible for a state to remain self-determining even if it lacks a stable population residing on a specific territory? It has been suggested that migrants from disappearing Small Island… 
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