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On 22 October 2021, Merle Kooijman (PhD Candidate at the ACCJ) and dr. Laura Burgers (Assistant Professor, ACT) organised a well-attended roundtable on the possibility of criminalising harm to the environment, which is particularly timely given the ongoing legal policy debates on the subject and recent expert efforts to develop a legal definition of the crime of ecocide.

At the roundtable, Prof. Philippe Sands (UCL) delivered a keynote speech in which he discussed aspects of the legal definition of ecocide proposed by the Expert Panel in its recent report. 

Several ACCJ researchers contributed to the roundtable. Prof Harmen van der Wilt presented his paper on (international) criminal law as a solution for climate change. Merle Kooijman outlined her ongoing Ph.D. research design on the normative foundations of ecocide.

Dr. Tomas Hamilton (postdoc, Rethinking SLIC) and Marc Tiernan (Ph.D. candidate, Rethinking SLIC) presented their working paper on the scope of liability of ecocide, addressing the question of who could be held responsible for ecocide under the Rome Statute of the ICC.

For further information on the event, see here.

Mr. M. (Merle) Kooijman MA

PhD candidate

Prof. mr. dr. H.G. (Harmen) van der Wilt

Professor of international criminal criminal law

Dr. T.F.B. (Tomas) Hamilton

Postdoctoral researcher

Mr. dr. L.E. (Laura) Burgers

Assistant Professor