The Ecocide Project

The term 'ecocide' refers to the extensive destruction, damage to or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory. In a series of resolutions, the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council have drawn attention to the relationship between a safe and healthy environment and the enjoyment of human rights. These resolutions have raised awareness of how fundamental ecosystems are to the enjoyment of human rights.

The Ecocide Project (EP) of the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London is a unique academic forum that provides a national focal point for leading, facilitating and promoting research into the problem of ecocide, its human rights implications and the drive by our partners - the 'Eradicating Ecocide' initiative - to make it the 5th Crime Against Peace . The project seeks to integrate the shared interests of scholars, practitioners and activists in the environmental and human rights fields; stimulate discussion and collaboration between academics and non-academics, and enhance relevant policy impact at the national and international level.

The Ecocide Project hosts conferences, workshops, seminars, short courses and other events to promote and facilitate research on the problem of ecocide and the potential solutions. It leads and manages policy impact research and training projects, and carries out consultancy work on ecocide law development.


Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace’: read the first research paper for The Ecocide Project. First published in 2012 and updated in July 2013.

Higgins, Polly; Short, Damien; South, Nigel, Protecting the planet: a proposal for a law of ecocide in 'Crime, Law and Social Change', 2013, Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s10611-013-9413-6


Positive News wrote a blog post about the project launch.