Words: Elaine Quinn
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In a policy statement published on 15 September, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court announced that it would “give particular consideration to prosecuting Rome Statute crimes that are committed by means of, or that result in, inter alia, the destruction of the environment, the illegal exploitation of natural resources or the illegal dispossession of land.”

International lawyers are reported as saying in response that broadening the ICC priority cases to include land-grabbing would recognise that mass human rights violations committed during peacetime and in the name of profit could be just as serious as traditional war crimes. The new ICC focus could also open the door to prosecution over climate change.

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