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Legal experts present definition of ecocide for adoption by ICC
By: Ian Profiri | U. Calgary Law School, CA & Jurist Legal News & Commentary - 06-23-21

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After six months of deliberation, a panel of 12 independent legal experts from across the globe on Tuesday unveiled a working definition of “ecocide” that they hope will be adopted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The panel was organized by the Stop Ecocide Foundation, an NGO whose stated focus is facilitating the adoption of ecocide by the ICC in order to “protect future life on Earth.” The panel recommends adding “(e) the crime of Ecocide” to Article 5(1) of the Rome Statute with the following definition:

Article 8 ter Ecocide:

1. For the purpose of this Statute, “ecocide” means unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts.

The proposal includes a recommendation to include within the preamble, “that the environment is daily threatened by severe destruction and deterioration, gravely endangering natural and human systems worldwide.”

Amendments based on the panel’s work would extend the ICC authority to cover crimes of international interest and relevance to include serious environmental harm, something critics have long stated was desperately needed to combat large polluters.

In adopting the amendment, the panel hopes the ICC would be able to hold large polluters to account for the continued pollution of our environment and the exacerbation of climate change while enhancing a “change of consciousness” that supports protecting the environment. The authors recognize that there are national laws and international agreements that contribute to the protection of our ecosystem, but admit that “it is apparent that such laws are inadequate.”

The ICC’s authority is derived from the Rome Statute, which primarily covers actions that occur during warfare, not during times of peace when most environmental disasters occur. The “ecocide” amendment would remedy this problem, and give the ICC authority to hold business and government leaders for their actions in times of peace.

Any of the 123 member states of the ICC can propose the panel’s recommendations as an amendment to Rome Statute. Afterward, the court’s assembly will hold a vote to determine if the proposal can be considered for enactment. The member states must then secure a two-thirds majority to fully adopt the draft law before each individual nation ratifies and can enforce the law. “Ecocide” would be the first new crime to be adopted into international criminal law since 1945.

Personal note:
This is something - if they can pull it off. But again it will be useless if another World War takes place. The damage world wide will be so extensive that this rule would be null and void and just another target to diminish that nations ability to survive or quickly rebuild.
Who would you trust (nation wise) to not target sites that would cripple those living there and contaminate the lands during a war? Not many I'd guess. This is a good thought but during an all out nuclear exchange it would quickly be nullified or mute. Do you agree?
Note: another item well worth reading: From ‘resignations’ to ‘restrictions’:
How the Academic Freedom Worldwide Is in Perpetual Jeopardy
By: Anant Prakash Mishra - JUNE 26, 2021 1225 AM
Edited by: Sambhav Sharma | Amity Law School, IN

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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