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Lawyers call for international court for the environment

by EdHannigan / November 30, 2008 11:41 PM PST

A former chairman of the Bar Council is calling for an international court for the environment to punish states that fail to protect wildlife and prevent climate change.

Stephen Hockman QC is proposing a body similar to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to be the supreme legal authority on issues regarding the environment.

The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to be agreed next year.

But the court would also fine countries or companies that fail to protect endangered species or degrade the natural environment and enforce the "right to a healthy environment".

The innovative idea is being presented to an audience of politicians, scientists and public figures for the first time at a symposium at the British Library.

Mr Hockman, a deputy High Court judge, said that the threat of climate change means it is more important than ever for the law to protect the environment.
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Hopefully someone will "take'm out".
by James Denison / December 1, 2008 1:24 AM PST

Pretentious, power hungry jerks.

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They don't come much more Establishment than
by Ziks511 / December 2, 2008 12:21 AM PST

the former Chairman of the Bar council, now a High Court Judge, so I doubt "political correctness" is properly applicable here. This isn't some loonie leftie, more likely an arch Conservative.

We all have issues that are special to us, and clearly this fellow's issue is the environment, however an International Court doesn't seem to be a sensible venue for this sort of thing, especially when much of the activity is not state controlled, but is individual viz. slash and burn farming.

Perhaps lawyers are just looking for another way to charge us.


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A good idea...
by Paul C / December 2, 2008 9:16 AM PST

...as long as the penalties fall where they deserve to fall: China, Russia (especially for the legacy costs of the Soviet era), India and all those nations which burn their forests, foul their air and pollute their water in the name of progress.

The reality is, of course, that Mr Hockman intends this "court" to be yet another anti-Western global socialist organization.

The fact is that the environment ONLY becomes a concern when a nation reaches a level of prosperity to allow it to have some manner of national disposable income. People just don't give a damn about the damage they might be doing when the damage allows them to survive for another day...

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