Interview: How criminalising ecocide could make business leaders think twice about their environmental impact

This month, a team of eminent lawyers is due to finalise a robust legal definition for a new international crime of ‘ecocide’. It is a milestone in a campaign launched in 2017 with the aim of ensuring instigators of massive environmental destruction would – like war criminals – face being hauled before the International Criminal Court in the Hague. ENDS spoke recently to Jojo Mehta, director of the campaign group Stop Ecocide International, which she formed four years ago with a UK barrister, the late Polly Higgins.

by Robert Hodgson
Mehta: ‘We’re looking at corporate decision-makers that could be the target of this law’ (Image: Ruth Davey)
Mehta: ‘We’re looking at corporate decision-makers that could be the target of this law’ (Image: Ruth Davey)

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