Res Publica 22 (1):37-52 (2016)

Cara Nine
University College Cork
This essay defends a strong right against displacement as part of a basic individual right to secure access to one’s home. The analysis is purposefully situated within the difficult context of climate change adaptation policies. Under increasing environmental pressures, especially regarding water security, there are weighty reasons motivating the forced displacement of persons—to safeguard water resources or prevent water-related disasters. Even in these pressing circumstances, I argue, individuals have weighty rights to secure access to their homes. I explain how the home provides a functional context for conditions of autonomous agency. Being coerced from the home disrupts and subverts the conditions necessary for autonomous processes. I conclude by suggesting that the right to the home could be a foundational element of territorial rights.
Keywords Internal displacement  Rights to the home  Territorial rights  Climate change adaptation  Relocation  Relational autonomy  Refugees  Rights of residence  Occupancy  Occupation  Spatial justice
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-015-9310-1
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