by Jerry Alatalo
here is a global movement to add ecocide to the list of four international crimes in the Rome Statute, and then prosecutable in the International Criminal Court (ICC). If the Rome Statute were to become amended to add ecocide as the fifth international crime – alongside genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression – governments, corporations and individuals would for the first time face prosecution for severely damaging the environment. As the United Kingdom has ratified the Rome Statute and agreed to come under jurisdiction of the ICC, for example: if ecocide had already become an international crime at the time of British Petroleum’s (BP) massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP would have faced prosecution in the ICC for the international crime of ecocide.
British barrister/lawyer Polly Higgins has been one of leading proponents for making ecocide the world’s fifth international crime, and she shares some very interesting historical…
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