Who we are
We are a UK non-profit Ecological Defence Integrity (EDI), co-founded in June 2017 by Polly Higgins (1968-2019) and Jojo Mehta with the remit to facilitate the establishment of a crime of ecocide under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. We work particularly with climate- and ecocide-vulnerable states to further this aim, providing legal, practical and advocacy assistance for those wishing to take forward the law.
EDI launched the public-facing global campaign Stop Ecocide in November 2017 to raise awareness of ecocide law and to crowdfund this legal and diplomatic work. Our progress is logged in regular newsletters which can be found on the campaign site.
International criminal lawyer, former judge in Spain’s Audiencia Nacional and former examining magistrate of the Juzgado Central de Instrucción.
Partner, Global Diligence LLP
Mike Mansfield QC
Human Rights barrister, Nexus Chambers
International law expert (human rights), rights of nature advocate, Hon President Notre affaire à tous
Founder Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation
Human Rights Lawyer & Chair, International Lawyers for West Papua
Founder Director, Forum for the Future
Founder and CEO, TreeSisters
Amazonian Elder & Shaman
Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion
Co-Founder (1968-2019) – her spirit is with us
Director & Co-Founder
Katy Olivia van Tergouw
Director, NL Operations
Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships
Fidel Jaramillo Paz y Miño
Senior Forensic Advisor
Senior Legal Advisor
(Co-director, FIBGAR), Senior Legal Associate
Peace Palace Library – Special topic: Ecocide law. An excellent resource for reference works, books, leading articles, documents, publications on Ecocide law and related areas.
The Human Rights Consortium, University of London, England has launched The Ecocide Project to draw attention to the links between environmental destruction and human rights abuses. HRC is a unique academic forum that provides a national focal point for leading, facilitating and promoting research into human rights issues.
The Human Rights Consortium‘s Ecocide Project seeks to: integrate the shared interests of scholars, practitioners and activists in the environmental and human rights fields; stimulate discussion and collaboration between academics and non-academics; and enhance relevant policy impact at the national and international level.
The Ecocide Project’s first report “Ecocide the fifth Crime Against Peace” details how Ecocide was examined within the UN for decades to be the fifth Crime Against Peace, before being shelved in the 1990s, despite objections from a number of countries. The Ecocide project hosts conferences, workshops, seminars, short courses and other events to promote and facilitate research on the problem of ecocide and the potential solutions. It leads and manages policy impact research and training projects, and carries out consultancy work on ecocide law development.
International Peace Initiatives is a Kenya and U.S. based organization that is dedicated to supporting and funding initiatives that mitigate the effects of poverty, disease, discrimination and violence. IPI provides Homes for orphans and vulnerable children, supports African grassroots organizations and community leaders, and provides trainings in peace education and conflict resolution. The IPI tools are education, enterprise and empowerment.
We are proud to have the support of some of the most eminent environmental campaigners and pioneers. For a full list, click here