The Rome Statute
The Rome Statute (the governing document for the International Criminal Court) is one of the most powerful legal documents in the world, assigning “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole”, over and above all other laws. Crimes that already exist within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court are known collectively as Crimes Against Peace.
The crime of ecocide
The purpose for creating the offence of Ecocide as an International Crime Against Peace is to put in place a top level international crime, creating a legal ‘duty of care’ for all inhabitants that have been or are at risk of being seriously harmed to prevent, prohibit and pre-empt both ecological and climate ecocide.