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ICD Briefs 2021/2022

ICD Brief 27 - THE CRIME OF ECOCIDE THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS: A NEW TOOL FOR CLIMATE JUSTICEMay 2022

Lisa Oldring is an independent law and policy advisor with a specialization in international human rights and humanitarian law, grounded in 20 years of practice with the United Nations and other international organizations. As senior advisor on human rights and security policies with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2009-2019, she served as lead author of UN reports on counterterrorism, global surveillance practices, and the use of force. Currently, she focusses on the global climate crisis and human rights accountability, serving as Law and Policy Advisor for Stop Ecocide Canada; Vice-Chair, Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley; and Member of the Board, Avocats Sans Frontières Canada.

Kate Mackintosh is the inaugural Executive Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. She has held multiple roles at international criminal tribunals, including as Deputy Registrar for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Mackintosh has also worked with Doctors without Borders and was part of post conflict human rights field operations in Rwanda – working to rebuild the justice system after the genocide – and Bosnia, where she collaborated with Bosnian lawyers on strategies to use the courts to support economic and social rights. She has lectured and authored numerous articles and reports on the principles of humanitarian action, international criminal justice and the protection of civilians. Most recently, she was Deputy co-chair of the Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Defition of Ecocide.