• Tuvalu, Quo Vadis?

    Tuvalu, Quo Vadis?

    November 4, 2013

    Climate change damage in the South Pacific is a problem for all small island developing states, including Tuvalu. These island states may become uninhabitable within the foreseeable future. What about the maritime boundaries and maritime claims of the former (Tuvalu) sea territory, which options do Tuvaluans have here? Does a disappearing Tuvalu have international repercussions? Tuvalu (formerly the Ellice Islands) comprises a cluster of nine islands, plus islets, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean just south of the Equator. These remote atolls are situated about 1,050 km (650 mi) n of Suva, Fiji, and 4,000 km (2,500 mi) of Sydney, Australia. Tuvalu has a coastline of 24 km (15 mi). As a rather small archipel Tuvale possesses considerable maritime claims on fishing grounds and natural resources in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf.

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  • Keeping Your Head Above Water: The Pacific Islands & The Rising Tide Of International Climate Litigation

    February 10, 2012

    On February 3rd, Johnson Toribiong, the President of the Pacific Island Nation Palau, announced that his country will seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague regarding the issue of climate change. This blog will briefly discuss the measures that states in these circumstances can invoke during a court procedure.

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  • Casualties of Climate Change

    April 1, 2010

    The most general definition of climate change is a change in the statistical properties of the climate system when considered over periods of decades or longer, regardless of cause.The term is sometimes used to refer specifically to climate change caused by human activity.

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