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Livestream: Ecocide – Legal Revolution or Symbolism?

Webinar on 23 September 2021 at 16:00 CEST by the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict of the Ruhr University Bochum


In June 2021 the first legal definition of the international crime of ‘ecocide’ was proposed by an Independent Expert Panel. Join leading international experts in the discussion about its potential contribution to protect the environment against mass damage and destruction.


  • Philippe Sands, UCL London
  • Paola Gaeta, Graduate Institute
  • Kai Ambos, University of Göttingen
  • Jorge Viñuales, Graduate Institute

The webinar will be moderated by Romina Pezzot (IHEID) and Jan-Phillip Graf (IFHV).

Völkerrechtsblog will stream the webinar starting at 16:00 CEST today:


Jan-Phillip Graf

Jan-Phillip Graf is a research associate and PhD-student at the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at Ruhr-University Bochum.

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Romina Pezzot

Romina Pezzot is a PhD student in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development studies in Geneva where she researches on international humanitarian law, criminal law, and human rights law. She holds degrees in law with a particular focus on international law the Graduate Institute and the University of Buenos Aires.

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Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at the University College London and co-chair of the expert drafting panel on the legal definition of “ecocide”. He is also the author of ‘East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity’ (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016).
Picture (c) Antonio Olmos

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Paola Gaeta

Paola Gaeta is a professor of international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where she focuses, among other things, international criminal law, international immunity law and conflicts of jurisdiction in criminal matters.

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Kai Ambos

Kai Ambos is the chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, comparative law, international criminal law and public international law at the faculty of law at Georg August Universität Göttingen and the acting director of the Institute for Criminal Law and Justice.

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Jorge E. Viñuales

Professor Jorge E. Viñuales holds the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge and is the founder and former Director of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG).

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