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The Case for a General International Crime Against the Environment

Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

April 3, 2010

This chapter examines the theoretical prospects of an international criminal offense against the environment. It argues that international criminal law’s taking into account of environmental concerns is too haphazard, and that there is room for a more general criminological reflection on how to best protect the environment from a global perspective. The chapter suggests both arguments for the criminalization of certain global harms to the environment and for internationalization of criminal repression. Ultimately, the emergence of an international international offense against the environment would affirm the international community’s fundamental interest in ensuring that the conditions of global communal life are guaranteed.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: International Environmental Law, International Criminal Law

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Date posted: April 3, 2010  

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Megret, Frederic, The Case for a General International Crime Against the Environment (April 3, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1583968 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1583968

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McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )
3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec
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