SOAS University of London

International criminal law and environmental crimes: Possibilities and limitations

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Speaker: Richard J Rogers, Global Diligence LLP

Date: 1 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 1 February 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

In September 2016, the Prosecutor of the ICC announced a new policy for selecting and prioritizing cases. The Prosecution will now treat as priority crimes those within its jurisdiction that were “committed by or result in the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources, or the illegal dispossession of land.” This new focus has the potential to bring the worst ‘environmental crimes’ under the umbrella of international criminal law; we could see international indictments and arrest warrants issued against those most responsible. But what can we really expect from an international court that is riddled with inefficiencies and political infighting? Will the ICC really take-on the commercial vested interests of those involved in land and resource exploitation? And if the ICC eventually indicts members of the Cambodian Ruling Elite, how might other kleptocratic regimes respond to this new threat of legal action? Could a progressive ICC help stem the tide of land grabbing and bolster corporate social responsibility?

Richard J Rogers, a founding partner of Global Diligence LLP, specialises in international criminal law and transitional justice. Richard filed a ground-breaking case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) alleging the mass land grabbing committed by the Cambodian ‘Ruling Elite’ against impoverished Cambodians amounts to a ‘crime against humanity.’ Richard started as a barrister in London before becoming a litigation lawyer in San Francisco and then a legal officer at the UN. He was the chief legal monitor in Kosovo, the Principal Defender at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, and a senior legal advisor at the ICTY.

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This event will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room G3 (main building) – All Welcome no registration required

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