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Ecocide: Emerging Issues in International Criminal Law

Ecocide: Emerging Issues in International Criminal Law

A panel discussion with international and human rights legal experts.

Thursday, February 3, 2022
12:15 PM
UCLA School of Law, Room 1357

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In the midst of anthropogenic climate change, mass deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and pervasive plastic pollution, some are calling for human-caused destruction of our environment to be made an international crime.

In June 2021, an independent expert panel led by Philippe Sands and Dior Fall Sow proposed the legal definition of a new crime of ecocide, to sit alongside the other international crimes of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression. 

Join our star-studded panel for a critical discussion of the proposal, its chances of success and the role that international criminal law can and should play in the protection of our global environment.



Christian Wenaweser, Permanent Representative of Lichtenstein to the UN; Former President, ICC Assembly of States Parties; Convenor, Council of Advisers on the Application of the Rome Statute to Cyberwarfare

Charles Jalloh, Professor of Law, Florida International University; International Law Commission; Ecocide Drafting Panel; Council of Advisers for the Report on the Application of the Rome Statute to Cyberwarfare

Richard Dicker, Founding Director, International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch 

Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights; Co-deputy chair of the Ecocide Drafting Panel; Council of Advisors for the Report on the Application of the Rome Statute to Cyberwarfare

Moderated by: Beth Van Schaack, Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School; Nominated Ambassador At Large for Global Criminal Justice at the Department of State

Introductions by: Jennifer Mnookin, Dean of UCLA School of Law; Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, PULSE (Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence)


*Limited box lunches will be available.



This event is hosted by the UCLA Promise Institute for Human Rights and co-sponsored by the International & Comparative Law Program at UCLA Law, the Institute for Technology, Law and Policy at UCLA Law, the Burkle Center for International Relations at the UCLA International Institute, and the Emmett Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law.