Conceptualizing Environmental Crimes as Crimes Against Humanity: A Philosophical Justification

13 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2015 Last revised: 10 Nov 2016

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David Ngira

Utrecht University, School of Law

Maureen Okoth

J.K Bosek and Company Advocates CATES

Date Written: October 14, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Ngira, David and Okoth, Maureen, Conceptualizing Environmental Crimes as Crimes Against Humanity: A Philosophical Justification (October 14, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2674065 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2674065

David Ngira (Contact Author)

Utrecht University, School of Law ( email )

Utrecht
Netherlands

Maureen Okoth

J.K Bosek and Company Advocates CATES ( email )

49481
Naiorbi 00100
Kenya

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