Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide

International lawyers Philippe Sands QC and Dior Fall Sow are co-chairing an expert panel tasked with drafting a definition of “Ecocide” which could sit alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and the Crime of Aggression in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Launched with preparatory work in November 2020, and set to draft the definition over the first half of 2021, the panel has been convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation on the request of interested parliamentarians from the governing parties in Sweden.

The panel comprises a mixture of international criminal lawyers, environmental lawyers and legal scholars drawn from around the world, with a wide range of perspectives. The group is expected to report in June 2021.

Co-chair

Philippe Sands QC (UK/France), UCL / Matrix Law

Co-chair

Dior Fall Sow (Senegal), former UN international prosecutor

Co-deputy

Kate Mackintosh (UK/USA), executive director, Promise Institute, UCLA

Co-deputy

Richard J Rogers (UK), Executive director, Climate Counsel
Rodrigo Lledó (Chile), director, Baltasar Garzon´s International Foundation FIBGAR (Spain)
Judge Tuiloma Neroni Slade (Samoa), former ICC judge
Syeda Rizwana Hasan (Bangladesh), Director, Bangladesh Environmental Law Association
Prof Charles Jalloh (Sierra Leone), Florida International University / UN International Law Commission
Valérie Cabanes (France), international jurist and human rights expert
Pablo Fajardo (Ecuador), environmental lawyer, Goldman Prize & CNN Hero Award winner
Prof Christina Voigt (Norway), climate law expert, University of Oslo
Alex Whiting (US), former ICC Prosecutions Co-ordinator, Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School
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