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The Pontiff has additionally endorsed a marketing campaign by environmental activists and authorized students to make ecocide the fifth crime earlier than the International Criminal Court in The Hague as a authorized deterrent to the sorts of far-reaching environmental harm which might be driving mass extinction, ecological collapse and local weather change.
An ecocide crime would require International Criminal Court members to enact their very own nationwide ecocide legal guidelines, and failure to implement these legal guidelines would allow the worldwide court docket to step in.
After Vanuatu requested the International Criminal Court to think about criminalizing ecocide, Mehta’s Stop Ecocide Foundation independently convened a panel of worldwide authorized specialists, together with Mackintosh of UCLA, to draft a transparent definition of ecocide.