The Ecocide Trial on 30th September 2011 was a resounding success.
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Sentencing of the convicted CEOs took place on 31st March 2012.
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The indictments that the two CEO's, Mr Bannerman and Mr Tench, were charged with can be seen here: "The Ecocide Trial indictments".
Mr Bannerman was found "Not Guilty" of the first count and "Guilty" of the second count. Mr Tench was found "Guilty" of the third count.
Sentencing of the convicted CEOs will
take place on 31st March 2012.
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It has been proposed that Ecocide, the environmental equivalent of genocide, becomes the 5th International Crime Against Peace alongside Genocide itself, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes.
The new law has been proposed to the UN by British Environmental Lawyer, Polly Higgins who proposes that under the new law Heads of States and Directors of Corporations be required to take individual and personal responsibility for their actions.
On September 30th 2011, London's Supreme Court of the United Kingdom will be the venue for a Mock Trial, played out as though the crime of Ecocide had already been adopted.
One of these actions could be to create an international law on Ecocide, the environmental equivalent of genocide. This law would establish the requirement of heads of states and corporations to take individual and personal responsibility for their actions. What will this mean in practice? Is it legally possible? Will it have more negative effects than positive? Would the Alberta Tar Sands mining, destruction of the Amazon rainforest, oil spills, the threatened existence of the low-lying Maldive Islands because of rising sea-levels, the Pacific Gyre, the island of garbage twice the size of Texas slowly spinning in the Pacific Ocean be classed as Ecocide? Who would be the individuals prosecuted under this proposed law? Could Banks be culpable as well if they provide funding for activities prosecuted under Ecocide? In reality, what effect would the law have on the environment and businesses and the people who run them?
Polly Higgins, the British barrister and international environmental lawyer, proposed to the United Nations in April 2010 that a law on Ecocide to be classed as an international law alongside Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes of Aggression and War Crimes, as a 5th Crime Against Peace. If Ecocide is accepted as a crime under international law it will have a profound effect on Governments, Heads of State, Corporations and those who run them, and on the ecosystems of the Earth.Ecocide is defined as "the mass damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been severely diminished."
THE ECOCIDE TRIAL is a mock trial, will last one day and follow UK court procedures.
Michael Mansfield QC, the prosecuting barrister, and Nigel Lickley QC, the defence barrister together with supporting legal teams, will lead the case for and against two fictional CEOs. Before the case is heard, legal argument will be put as to whether Ecocide and the Earth Right to Life should be applied to the charge against them. The CEOs, played by an actors, have been charged with a number of ecocides - which one will be tried will be determined on the day. It could be:
Deforestation of the Amazon
Fracking for shale gas in Nigeria
Major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
Bauxite mining of the Niyamgiri mountain
Unconventional tar sands extraction in Canada
Deep sea mining of the Central and Eastern Manus Basin
The trial will examine how the crime of Ecocide protects the Earth Right to Life and will be tried as though the proposed crime of Ecocide has been adopted by the UN.
What will happen is not pre- scripted; it is ultimately for the jury to determine whether the crime of Ecocide is made out and whether the Earth Right to Life is breached.
The trial will be the focus for a sustained campaign to raise awareness of the issues around Ecocide and to have them debated and discussed fully within Government, business, communities, the media, universities and schools, nationally and internationally.
It will be filmed and streamed live to social network sites. Edited versions of the event will be available for international, national and local television, radio and other media outlets and for public and private screenings.
We are in discussion with a number of experts in relevant fields. Their names will be announced nearer the date of the Trial.
|Prosecuting team||Leader: Michael Mansfield QC, Tooks Chambers |
Jane Russell, Tooks Chambers
Junior: Steven Powles, Doughty St Chambers
|Defending team||Christopher Parker QC, 3 Paper Buildings Chambers |
Adam Hiddleston, 3 Paper Buildings Chambers
All lawyers are giving their time and expertise free.
The Hamilton Group is using the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in London as the venue. This in no way implies endorsement by the Supreme Court of the opinions raised in the trial or the verdict reached by the trial jury.
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