Global Warming Follies

Lawyers call for international court for the environment

Posted in Follies by tjgavin on December 1, 2008

Lawyers think more courts are the answer. Whodda thunk!

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.

Sounds like a program to employ European lawyers to punsish sovereign state’s that don’t do what they’re told by their masters.

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.

You see. First you establish the “threat”. Then you impose your will on those that won’t follow your orders. Sounds like totalitarianism. Doesn’t it?

Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has agreed the concept of an international court will be taken into account when considering how to make these international agreements on climate change binding. The court is also backed by a number of MPs, climate change experts and public figures including the actress Judi Dench.

Well, if Judi Dench is for it who can be against?

Mr Hockman said the court may be able to fine businesses or states but its main role will be in making “declaratory rulings” that influence and embarrass countries into upholding the law.

“Declaratory rulings” to “embarrass” countries? Whassup with that?  So do the fines come before the embarrassment of after? My guess is the need to pay all of the lawyers will make sure that there are LOTS of fines. 

The court would be led by retired judges, climate change experts and public figures. It would include a scientific body to consider evidence and provide access to any data on the environment.

“Retired judges, climate change experts and public figures. Translation: the senile, Judi Dench and the nutcases.

Most importantly, Mr Hockman said an international court on the environment would influence public opinion which in turn would force Governments to take the environment seriously. He said: “If there are bodies around that can give definitive legal rulings that are accepted as fair and reasonable that has its own impact on public opinion.”

Translation: We can fool all of the people some of the time. And we can “force” governments to do what we want them too.

Friends of the Earth welcomed the idea.

I’ll bet they did.

If this stuff doesn’t scare the hell out of you need to check to see if you’re too emoptionally detached.



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