Outrage + Optimism #97- Jojo Mehta on Ecocide and Ending Impunity

Exploring the tireless work of Jojo Mehta and the Stop Ecocide Foundation who are pursuing their goal to have Ecocide added to the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a fifth crime alongside Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes of Aggression. How would this fifth crime change corporate behavior? We can only assume it would act as a deterrent to environmental destruction, but could it also act as an accelerator of the goals of the Paris Agreement? (May 2021)

FRANCESCO – Climate Crisis Panel

Promise Institute Executive Director Kate Mackintosh spoke about ecocide while joined by Oscar® nominated filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky and others. The panel discussed Pope Francis’ approach to climate change as part of Afineevsky’s discovery documentary, FRANCESCO. (May 2021)


Campaigners hope the threat of being hauled before the court scares politicians and executives into changing their behaviour.

Inside Climate News

International lawyers, environmentalists and a growing number of world leaders say “ecocide”—widespread destruction of the environment—would serve as a “moral red line” for the planet.

The Economist

A growing movement wants destruction of the environment to be treated like genocide and crimes against humanity.


Lawyers Are Working to Put ‘Ecocide’ on a Par with War Crimes. Could an International Law Hold Major Polluters to Account?

New Statesman

How a proposed amendment to international human rights law could prohibit the systematic destruction of nature. “Nothing concentrates the mind better than the prospect of an individual being found criminally liable” – Philippe Sands

The Independent

“A CEO doesn’t want to be seen in the same bracket as a war criminal,” says Jojo Mehta of the Stop Ecocide campaign. This month a panel of top international and environmental lawyers from around the world begin drafting a legal definition of ecocide, with the goal of having it included on the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague in the coming years.

The Law Gazette

A panel of leading lawyers has been set up to draft a legal definition of ’ecocide’ as a potential international crime that could sit alongside war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. The concept would criminalise mass damage and destruction of the world’s ecosystems and could ultimately see individuals prosecuted before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

The Guardian

International lawyers are drafting plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world’s ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels. The aim is to draw up a legal definition of “ecocide” that would complement other existing international offences such as crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

The Times

He was recently appointed co-chair of a panel convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation to draft a legal definition of “ecocide” as a potential international crime. “The function of law, in part, is to change consciousness, and the absence of any international crime concerning massive damage to the environment basically sends a signal that it’s OK to do that,” says Sands. “I have kids and I want to do my bit for future generations.”

BBC Future Planet

From the Pope to Greta Thunberg, there are growing calls for the crime of “ecocide” to be recognised in international criminal law – but could such a law ever work? Co-founder Jojo Mehta is interviewed by Sophie Yeo.

Official statement to ICC’s Assembly of State parties

The Stop Ecocide Foundation’s statement to the 19th Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, December 2020, delivered by Jojo Mehta, Chair of the Stop Ecocide Foundation and Co-founder of Stop Ecocide International. (Dec 2020)
NB This is a recording of the Foundation’s official written statement which can be found on the website of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

Ecocide as an international crime

Official side event of the 19th Session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), December 2020. Kindly hosted by the Republic of Vanuatu in association with the Stop Ecocide Foundation and Institute for Environmental Security.

David Lammy ted talk

David Lammy, Member of Parliament for Tottenham, England. In a stirring talk about building a new movement to care for the planet, Lammy calls for inclusion and support of Black and minority leadership on climate issues and a global recognition that we can’t solve climate change without racial, social and intergenerational justice. He also calls for an international law of ecocide. (Oct 2020)

Ecocide Symposium

A committed group of lawyers, diplomats, NGO representatives and campaigners met to discuss the possibility of ECOCIDE becoming an international crime. The event followed the call – by sovereign states Vanuatu and the Maldives – for serious consideration of the addition of such a crime to the Rome Statute, the governing document of the International Criminal Court. (Dec 2019)