Conceptualizing Environmental Crimes as Crimes Against Humanity: A Philosophical Justification
13 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2015 Last revised: 10 Nov 2016
Date Written: October 14, 2015
This paper sets out to explore the current scope of crime against humanity and environmental crimes, and then makes a case for the inclusion of the later into the former. It delves into the concept of humanity and captures the various ways in which it is understood. By picking out specific characteristics of crimes against humanity (as currently listed under the ICC statute) and comparing them with the implications of environmental crimes, it arrives at the conclusion that their ultimate consequences are similar, therefore justifying the consideration of environmental crimes as crimes against humanity. Moreover both the crimes currently listed as ‘against humanity’ and environmental crimes share similarities in that they both have human beings as their causative factors, victims, as well as those with the obligations to stop them. It concludes by noting that environmental crimes actually threaten the physical existence of the entire human race, thereby warranting more interventions.
Keywords: Crimes against Humanity, ICC, environmental Crimes
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