Emma O’Brien, An international crime of “ecocide”: what’s the story?, EJIL: Talk! (June 11, 2021)

This publication opens by explaining the global effort to tackle the increasing urgency of the climate emergency, and the ways in which the term ‘ecocide’ has evolved over time. It then demonstrates how ecocide has now made its way back on the international agenda, as well as the ways in which the concept has developed domestically across different nations. It then closes upon a few hurdles that ecocide must overcome, including the specificity required of the definition, mens rea element, and the fact that corporations cannot be held directly liable under the Rome Statute.