Foley Hoag LLP counsel and United Nations practice group Chair Christina Hioureas and associate Alejandra Torres Camprubi will serve as panelists for a series titled “Climate, State and Sovereignty: Self-Determination and Sea-Level Rise,” to be held in consecutive months from September – December 2020. The series, sponsored by the Liechtenstein Mission to the United Nations and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University, will bring together academics and experts representing the States most affected by the rising sea levels to discuss the situation as it stands, the status of measures being taken to address the consequences of sea-level rise, and further responses that may be possible going forward.
Each session will cover a key element of the potential effects of sea-level rise for self-determination: (1) Statehood and Sovereignty – including the rights and obligations of states in the scenario of future inundation; (2) Citizenship and Statelessness; (3) Adaptation measures – including reinforcement measures, lease or purchase of land or merger; (4) UN Responses – including that of UN agencies, Member States, and the ILC.
Hioureas and Torres Camprubi will participate in the September 29, 2020 seminar on “Statehood and Sovereignty.” Their presentation follows from their chapter, “Legal and Political Considerations on the Disappearance of States due to Sea Level Rise,” in the recent publication of New Knowledge and Changing Circumstances in the Law of the Sea (T. Heidar ed., Brill/Nijhoff 2020).
Hioureas and Torres Camprubi are both members of Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Department.