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Financial Times

Crime of ecocide could transform the fight against climate change.

Bloomberg Green

From oil spills to open-pit mining, clear-cut logging to heavy-net trawling, humans continue to scar the planet despite mountains of legislation, regulation and good intent.

Common Dreams

A panel of international lawyers on Tuesday published an official legal definition of the term “ecocide,” which for decades has been condemned by conservationists and climate action campaigners but which until now has not been recognized as a crime.

Euro News

Approving the right definition could pave the way for acts of environmental destruction to be prosecuted and condemned by the International Criminal Court, under the same consideration as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocides and aggression.

Aljezeera

After six months of deliberation, a team of international lawyers has unveiled a new legal definition of “ecocide” that, if adopted, would put environmental destruction on a par with war crimes – paving the way for the prosecution of world leaders and corporate chiefs for the worst attacks on nature.

The Guardian

An international team of lawyers co-chaired by Philippe Sands QC and Dior Fall Sow has presented the outcome of its work announced in November last year to develop a legal definition of ecocide. This is a crucial step towards adding ecocide to the list of other major offences recognised by the international criminal court (ICC), including crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.

The Guardian

Legal experts from across the globe have drawn up a “historic” definition of ecocide, intended to be adopted by the international criminal court to prosecute the most egregious offences against the environment.

CNBC

A panel convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation will publish the legal definition of ecocide on Tuesday, seeking to pave the way for acts of environmental destruction to be incorporated into the International Criminal Court’s mandate. It could see ecocide established alongside war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity in the Hague.

VICE

Powerful individuals behind the most devastating assaults on the environment could be put in the dock under a new legal definition of “ecocide” that a heavyweight panel of international lawyers and hardened campaigners hope will revolutionise the fight against the climate crisis.

Audubon

Lawyers will take a major step this month toward putting environmental destruction on the same level as war crimes and genocide.

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)

Politico

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.

Time

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)

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