Lisa Oldring and Darryl Robinson, Does Human Rights Due Diligence Offer the Key to Prosecuting Ecocide?

This paper explores the potential for international human rights law and practice, and particularly the duty of “due diligence”, to inform the interpretation of ecocide.  The concept may help clarify the standard of conduct expected of private actors and the requisite level of fault.  Incorporating the concept may improve the predictability, legal legitimacy, and acceptability of the proposed new crime, and contribute to corporate accountability for human rights and environmental harms.