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.