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Ecocide–Mock Trial

Ecocide -- An international crime?

Should “ecocide” be considered an international crime, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression and war crimes? Ecocide can be defined, according to British environmental lawyer Polly Higgins, 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 United Nations Law Commission is currently considering a proposal to enact a law against ecocide.

To highlight the importance of this concept, a mock trial has been conducted at the United Kingdom Supreme Court as though the crime of ecocide had already been adopted. The CEO’s of fictitious fossil fuel companies, played by actors, were grilled and defended by real barristers and international lawyers. The two crimes chosen for the ecocide mock trial were the extraction of oil from Canada’s tar sands and a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The verdict handed down by the volunteer jury? Both bosses were found guilty as charged. Read more from The Independent:

Photography and Climate Change

The Center for German and European Studies at Brandeis (CGES)



Talk with Ulrike Heine, Giessen University, Germany.

Monday, September 19, 2011
Heller G02

How are photographs used to communicate different aspects of Climate Change? Ulrike Heine from the Research Group Transnational Media Events at the Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Gießen/Germany will discuss a set of projects originating in the fields of photojournalism, art photography and commercial photography. Heine, who completed her studies in art history and cultural studies in Leipzig and St. Petersburg/Russia is currently working on her Ph.D. on the topic of Photography and Climate Change as a visiting fellow at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Refreshments will be served.

Brandeis Sophomore waxes poetic against climate change

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