The Crime of Ecocide: Its History, Its Language, and Its Value in Protecting our Planet Home

As the need for an international prohibition of ecocide becomes clearer and clearer across the globe, a key panel of experts has been working to craft a definition of this new crime. This episode features a conversation hosted by BBC Africa correspondent, Andrew Harding, with some of the people working to make the prohibition of ecocide a reality (including our very own Executive Director, Kate Mackintosh).

The conversation highlights the history of the crime of ecocide, and how the language of the crime must be carefully constructed to provide as valuable a legal tool as possible to protect our planet home. 

  • This event was recorded in December 2020, as a side event of the 19th Assembly of States Parties. It was co-hosted by Stop Ecocide Foundation, Institute for Environmental Security, and the mission of Vanuatu. Additional panelists include: 

    Philippe Sands QC, barrister at Matrix Chambers and Professor at University College London
  • Marie Toussaint, Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA)
  • Judge Tuiloma Neroni Slade, former ICC judge