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An Independent Expert Panel, convened by the Stop Ecocide Foundation, has agreed a definition of ‘ecocide’ with the intention that it might serve as the basis of an amendment to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in order to add ecocide as a crime deemed to be of international interest and relevance. Under this definition, ecocide is 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. This proposed new crime of ecocide would operate by extending the protection of the environment in international criminal law beyond times of armed conflict, to peacetime. It is intended to provide tools for lawyers to act on behalf of those harmed by severe and widespread or long-term environmental damage, and to affirm the intrinsic value of the Earth and natural systems.


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