Human Rights Consortium launches project to investigate Ecocide as an international crime

Wednesday 11 July 2012

The Human Rights Consortium (HRC) at the School of Advanced Study is delighted to announce the launch of the Ecocide Project on 19 July 2012. 

The HRC's Ecocide Project is a unique academic forum that will provide a national focal point for leading, facilitating and promoting research into the problem of ecocide and its human rights implications. The project will host conferences, workshops, seminars, short courses and other events to promote and facilitate research on the problem of ecocide and the potential solutions. It will lead and manage policy impact research and training projects, and carry out consultancy work on Ecocide law development.

The Human Rights Consortium (HRC) brings together the multidisciplinary expertise in the institutes of the School of Advanced Study to provide a national and international collaborative centre for the support, promotion and dissemination of academic and policy work in the broad area of human rights.

At the project launch, groundbreaking research into the law of ecocide will be announced. Documentation has just come to light providing evidence that the United Nations has already spent 11 years examining Ecocide as an international Crime Against Peace. Over that period many countries voiced their support for making Ecocide an international crime. Despite this, deliberations were halted in 1996. A panel will debate the HRC’s first research paper for the Ecocide Project entitled Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace and discuss the ramifications of these findings for the current proposal which would make Ecocide the 5th Crime against Peace.

The findings of the research paper will be debated by Dr Damien Short, the newly appointed Director of the Human Rights Consortium; Anja Gauger, Lead Researcher; and Polly Higgins, proposer for a law of Ecocide. The panel will be chaired by Dr Michele Lamb, Director of the Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Roehampton.

Copies of the research paper will be made available to the press and public on 19 July.

The launch will be held in the Macmillan Hall, ground floor, Senate House, at 5pm on 19 July 2012. All are welcome. If you wish to attend please RSVP to Chloe Pieters: chloe.pieters@sas.ac.uk.

For further information about the project please visit the Ecocide Project webpage

For further information about the event please visit the Ecocide Project: Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace event page

Notes for Editors:

  1. For further information please contact the Chloe Pieters, Human Rights Consortium at chloe.pieters@sas.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7862 8853.
  2. The Ecocide Project at the Human Rights Consortium is a unique academic forum that will provide a national focal point for
    leading, facilitating and promoting research into the problem of ecocide and its human rights implications. The project will host conferences, workshops, seminars, short courses and other events to promote and facilitate research on the problem of ecocide and the potential solutions. It will lead and manage policy impact research and training projects, and carry out consultancy
    work on Ecocide law development. www.sas.ac.uk/hrc/projects/ecocide-project
  3. The Human Rights Consortium, founded in 2009, brings together the multidisciplinary expertise in human rights found in several institutes of the School of Advanced Study, as well as collaborating with individuals and organisations with an interest in the subject. The main aim of the Consortium is to facilitate, promote and disseminate academic and policy work on human rights by holding conferences and seminars, hosting visiting fellows, coordinating the publication of high quality work in the field, and establishing a network of human rights researchers, policy-makers and practitioners across the UK and internationally, with a view to collaborating on a range of activities. www.sas.ac.uk/hrc
  4. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute. www.sas.ac.uk

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