The Case for a General International Crime Against the Environment

16 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2010  

Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 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.

Keywords: International Environmental Law, International Criminal Law

Suggested Citation

Megret, Frederic, The Case for a General International Crime Against the Environment (April 3, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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