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ECOCIDE: Leveraging the Law to Prevent Environmental Destruction (EN)

24. March | 17:00 - 18:30

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Is international criminal law capable of meaningfully addressing environmental destruction as ecocide? Scholars and policymakers around the world are trying to introduce a new category of crime under international criminal law like genocide but against the environment. Our panel includes legal, gender, and environmental experts as well as national representatives to offer their experience and expertise on how environmental destruction impacts each phase of human history and development due to environmental vulnerability and the urgent need to recognize it as an international crime like genocide. The panel will then be invited to introduce the history of recognizing ecocide as a crime, the challenges associated with coding it within the international law, and the background on why ecocide shall be addressed given its impacts on not only the environment but indigenous populations, gender-based violence, and other spillover effects. Furthermore, the panel will offer their views on the effectiveness of leveraging the international criminal law to prevent environmental damage and the potential challenges associated with implementing the law as envisioned.


Damien Short – Co-Director of Human Rights Consortium, Professor of Human Rights and Environmental Justice at the School of Advanced Study, University of London

Rachel Killean – Senior Lecturer at School of Law, Queen’s University. Specializes in research on transitional justice, sexual and gender violence, and green criminology.

Regina Paulose – Criminal Lawyer, Executive Director of the Common Good Foundation. Specializes in the protection of indigenous rights in the face of ecocide and ethnocide.

Dhirendra Nalbo – Co-Founder of the Open Institute. Indigenous Professor from on Critical Epistemology. Specializes in research on ecocide in Myanmar.

Nyachangkuoth Tai – Peace and Human rights Activist from South Sudan. Co-Founder of the Mother Care Organization and Gender and Social Justice Manager at Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA). Specializes in raising awareness on the cross-cutting nature of gender based-violence and environmental destruction.



24. March
17:00 - 18:30
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Graduate Institute Geneva (Online)
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Geneva, Geneva Switzerland
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