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Work on legal definition for ‘ecocide’ has official begun with a panel of prominent international lawyers

Work on legal definition for ‘ecocide’ has official begun with a panel of prominent international lawyers
The Siliconreview
08 Decemebr, 2020

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has recently taken up the responsibility to investigate, warrant, and try people who are charged with crimes against the international community. The ICC will investigate many crimes like genocide, the crime of aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. To draft the legal definition of “ecocide,” several prominent people will be a part of the panel. Ecocide is expected to be added to the ICC’s jurisdiction as the potential fifth crime. Ecocide is defined as a crime against the natural environment and the intentional destruction of the ecosystem. The new project is expected to be convened by Stop Ecocide Foundation, a UK based charity organization.

The preparatory work for this was commenced earlier this month by the panel of lawyers that are in charge of the effort. To maintain consistency with the existing approaches, the panel is expected to draw a new approach that is in line with the others. If the draft is successfully executed, then the panel is hoping for it to be amended into the Rome Statute. The criminalization of people involved in mass destruction of the ecosystem will be prosecuted, and the ecocide draft will be a success. This new draft's success cannot be deemed universal because several key members are not a part of the ICC.