Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Leading eco campaigner to deliver lecture at QUB

Eco lawyer Polly Higgins is to give a lecture at Queen's University Belfast on her campaign to have 'ecocide' recognised as an international crime.

Tomorrow's event has been organised jointly between the Queen's University School of Law and Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland. Polly will be introduced and interviewed by BBC presenter William Crawley.

Ms Higgins proposed the law of 'ecocide' in a bid to ensure that countries and business put the interests of people and planet first. Sitting at the heart of this proposed law is the governance of the earth, to prevent dangerous industrial activity.

Dr Peter Doran, a lecturer in sustainable development at Queen's School of Law, said: "In 2010 Polly Higgins proposed to the United Nations a law that will create a legal duty of care on all nations to prevent loss and damage to the planet.

"If successful Polly Higgins ensures a place for herself in the annals of environmental law.

"She will have reversed a catastrophic decision in 1996 when negotiators removed ecocide from the Rome Statute."

Declan Allison, from Friends of the Earth NI, said Ms Higgins' campaign was "putting environmental protection up there as an international obligation".

'How Law Can Save the World: Eradicating Ecocide' takes place at the Great Hall in the Lanyon Building, at Queen's at 7.30pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend but are advised to book places at http://bit.ly/ecocidequb. The event is free but donations are suggested.

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