The International Criminal Court and the Environmental Protection against Business Activities

Daniel Iglesias Márquez About the author

Abstract

The recognition of new environmental crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) not only expands the international criminal justice and strengthens the global environmental protection, but also constitutes a mechanism to end to the corporate impunity. Therefore, based on a descriptive and comparative analysis of current practice and related literature, this article, on the one hand, evaluates the recognition of serious environmental damages as crime that activate the competence of the ICC, as a response to the current environmental crisis, and, on the other hand, it explores the substantive changes that entails the recognition of environmental crimes under the Rome Statute, particularly the extension of the jurisdiction personae of the ICC for the prosecution of corporations.

Keywords:
Rome Statue; International Criminal Court; Environment; Businesses

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