“nuclear accidents, oil spills and deforestation”
I love how the group emphasizes that activities like driving to work and heating your home are exempt.
The College Fix reports:
Legal academics want ‘ecocide’ made an offense on par with genocide, war crimes
A dozen legal scholars from several countries want destruction of the environment made a crime on par with war crimes and genocide.
According to CBC, the group, the Stop Ecocide Foundation, is seeking adoption of its definition of “ecocide” by the International Criminal Court.
As defined by the SEF, ecoside is “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts.”
Law professor Philippe Sands of the University College London said the SEF wanted to cover things like “nuclear accidents, oil spills and deforestation,” but leave alone regular folks’ activities such as “driving to work and heating their homes.”
Sands is director of his school’s Centre on International Courts and Tribunals and “a key member of staff” in the Centre for Law and the Environment, according to his faculty page.
If the Stop Ecocide Foundation’s proposal is adopted by ICC member states, it would be only the fifth offense under the court’s domain. No international laws have been recognized since the Nuremburg trials of 1945. Sands says laws associated with that event “reflected the values of that time,” and the environment was not then a priority. Now, however, it’s “become a huge issue.”
Adoption of the ecocide law requires approval of two-thirds of ICC member states.
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