Ecocide — Criminal, not Civil

In part two of my 2014 interview with Polly Higgins, we start by talking bout why ecocide should be a criminal, rather than civil matter.

Books:
Eradicating Ecocide: Laws and Governance to Prevent the Destruction of our Planet 
www.eradicatingecocide.com/books
Earth is our Business: Changing the Rules of the Game
— www.earthisourbusiness.com

See Ecocide Act: http://eradicatingecocide.com/overview/ecocide-act/

Sadly, Polly Higgins died of an aggressive cancer over Easter this year, a couple of months after the diagnosis.… Read the rest

Ecocide — why isn’t it a Crime Against Peace?

Polly Higgins was a Scottish barrister, who left her career as a corporate lawyer to focus on environmental advocacy, and unsuccessfully lobbied the United Nations Law Commission to recognise ecocide as an international crime.

Ecocide had been proposed as one of the international crimes against peace in 1996, but failed to be included in the final Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Higgins started to campaign for its inclusion around 2009, when the Rome statue was being reviewed.… Read the rest