International Criminal Law and the Protection of the Environment

Expert Working Group exploring the potential of international criminal law to protect the environment.

On February 29, 2020, Executive Director Kate Mackintosh, convened a group of scholars and practitioners at the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law to explore the potential of international criminal law to protect the environment and halt or mitigate climate change. Over the course of the day, the group discussed the possibilities of current international criminal law and how these might be best used. Reflecting on the limits of existing law, the group then went on to consider what the elements of an effective and plausible new crime might be. The group resolved to continue working on the definition of new crime(s) and their practical implementation, and to deepen reflection on the legal, practical and political parameters of the project.

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