Strategic Partnerships

Our Strategic Partners lead initiatives that support our efforts to make Ecocide a crime. This includes research and education.

FDV Vitoria School of Law, Vitória, Brazil

FDV became a strategic partner in December 2012 and is launching The Ecocide Project in 2013 to partner with the University of London’s Ecocide Project. Vitoria School of Law is one of the most important law schools in Brazil dedicated to human rights protection.   Orlindo Francisco Borges is creating and coordinating a research group about Ecocide in cooperation with the Ecocide Project of the University of London.  This will include teaching and researching about Ecocide and the protection of the environment and human rights in Graduation and Post-Graduation level (Master and Doctorate), translating reports and documents developed by the Eradicating Ecocide initiative into Portuguese, organising events, hosting conferences, workshops, seminars and short courses and publishing papers and reports.

Orlindo Francisco Borges

Orlindo Francisco Borges is a Brazilian lawyer, partner and coordinator of the environmental department  of the Lube, Diogo, Borges & Oliveira Law Firm. He is also the professor coordinator of the Ecocide Research Group at the FDV School of Law. Orlindo post-graduated in Environmental Law at the FDV School of Law and in International and European Environmental Law at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Orlindo is currently completing the Master in Environmental Legal Sciences in Lisbon. His thesis focuses on Ecocide and the protection of the environment by international courts and he is the first visiting fellow of the Ecocide Project of the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He was also a research fellow of the International Criminal Law Department of the Georg-August Universität Göttingen (Germany) where he presented papers and seminars about the prossecution of the Ecocide by the International Criminal Court.

The Human Rights Consortium, University of London, England

The Human Rights Consortium has launched The Ecocide Project to draw attention to the links between environmental destruction and human rights abuses. HRC is a unique academic forum that provides a national focal point for leading, facilitating and promoting research into human rights issues.

The Ecocide Project seeks to:

  • integrate the shared interests of scholars, practitioners and activists in the environmental and human rights fields;
  • stimulate discussion and collaboration between academics and non-academics; and
  • enhance relevant policy impact at the national and international level.

The Ecocide Project’s first report “Ecocide the fifth Crime Against Peace” details how Ecocide was examined within the UN  for decades to be the fifth Crime Against Peace, before being shelved in the 1990s, despite objections from a number of countries.  The Ecocide project hosts conferences, workshops, seminars, short courses and other events to promote and facilitate research on the problem of ecocide and the potential solutions. It leads and manages policy impact research and training projects, and carries out consultancy work on ecocide law development.

Dr. Damien Short

Dr. Damien Short is Director of the Human Rights Consortium and Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at University of London. His research expertise is in the areas of sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights, indigenous rights, extractive industries and indigenous peoples, the ecological crisis and human rights, reconciliation initiatives and genocide studies.

The Cayman Institute, Cayman Islands, Greater Antilles, Caribbean

The Cayman Institute is an independent, apolitical, privately funded, non-profit organization established to consider the long term effects and implications of diverse technological, sociological, economical and cultural issues on the Cayman Islands. Its members work on a voluntary basis and offer strategic plans for consideration to guide the delivery of nearer term projects, so as not to jeopardize the future of the islands’ infrastructure, financial and human resources.

The Cayman Institute also functions as a think tank doing policy research in areas such as global warming, climate change and energy security for Small Island Developing States. Because the SIDS are on the frontlines of climate change, they are also critical testing grounds for the ideas and programmes that will strengthen the adaptive capacities of human societies confronting climate change.

The Cayman Institute is working to connect Eradicating Ecocide with SIDS’ Environmental Ministers, business leaders and NGOs with the goal of getting a SIDS Head of State to propose the amendment that would make Ecocide the 5th Crime against Peace.

Nick Robson

Nick Robson is the Founder and Chairman of the Cayman Institute and on the Advisory Committee of Many Strong Voices. Many Strong Voices is an NGO based in Norway whose goal is to promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by bringing these regions together to take action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to tell their stories to the world. Lessons learned through MSV support policy development at local, regional, and international levels. They provide decision-makers in the two regions with the knowledge to safeguard and strengthen vulnerable social, economic, and natural systems.

The International Senior Lawyers Project-UK (ISLP-UK), London, UK

ISLP-UK is part of the  “ISLP Family” which also  includes ISLP based in the US and the Paris-based ISLP-Europe. Working closely together, these entities fulfil their common mission of capturing the resources of highly experienced lawyers and distinguished law firms to promote the rule of law, human rights and equitable economic development worldwide. ISLP UK will be using its vast network of lawyers around the world to assist Eradicating Ecocide with research projects on a pro bono basis. ISLP UK will also strive to provide pro bono legal assistance to people and communities at risk or facing Ecocide.

Fouzia Javaid

Fouzia Javaid, Director of ISLP UK, is a UK-qualified solicitor with experience of working in City law firms, and also has human rights experience. She trained at CMS Cameron McKenna and then qualified into the EU and UK competition team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton (London), where she practiced competition law for three years. She then worked as a lawyer at Public Interest Lawyers with Phil Shiner, acting as the lead solicitor on high profile cases relating to the mistreatment of Iraqi civilians by UK armed forces in Iraq, such as Al Saadoon and Al-Jedda.

International Peace Initiatives

International Peace Initiatives (IPI) is a Kenya and U.S. based organization that is dedicated to supporting and funding initiatives that mitigate the effects of poverty, disease, discrimination and violence. IPI provides Homes for orphans and vulnerable children, supports African grassroots organizations and community leaders, and provides trainings in peace education and conflict resolution. The IPI tools are education, enterprise and empowerment.

Dr. Karambu L. Ringera

Dr. Karambu L. Ringera is the Founder and President of International Peace Initiatives. Karambu works in many countries to design and implement models of effective community engagement, women’s grassroots organizing programs, collaborative problem solving models, pre-emptive and post conflict reconciliation, proactive health campaigns, and a successful, working model of “Amani Homes,” community homes of peace for orphans and vulnerable children. Karambu is a visionary, an activist, a compassionate, committed, formidable force for change, and an inspiration to all who meet her.
Word systems as we know them are collapsing and it is grassroots women led initiatives that will support the world as the transition happens. One of the bridges to get us there is a law of Ecocide - the missing 5th Crime Against Peace.