This is my personal site, where you’ll find what makes me tick. I used to be a practising barrister in London, now I use my legal skills for just one client – the Earth. That’s because I believe that there is missing law; to create a legal duty of care that puts the interests of people and planet first, a law that stops mass damage and destruction to human and non-human life, and makes ecocide a crime.
I have devoted my life to a quest; I am the lead advocate for Ecocide law. I do not work for an organisation or a government, I legally advise as an independent expert lawyer and I am recognised as the world’s leading expert on Ecocide law.
I’m rethinking law from one simple overriding principle: ‘first do no harm.’ A crime of ecocide is a practical law; the state has to prosecute on your behalf (i.e it’s free – you do not have to sue), your rights are protected and the government has to stop the harm. It’s simple. Simply put, destroying the earth is a crime.
Much of my time is put to best use advising, writing and speaking throughout the world. I advise at all levels and connect with a wide-range of groups, organisations, NGO’s and lawyers. I advise on legal as well as non-legal aspects.
Ecocide is corporate crime, eco-crime, leadership crime, a crime against peace. This is about accountability at the top end, putting on trial those who make decisions that lead to significant harm to nature and communities.
I was the Honorary Arne Naess Professor at Oslo University (non-academic), I am a guest lecturer at numerous universities including School of Advanced Studies, University of London, Uppsala in Sweden and Vancouver, Canada. I am a recipient of an Honoris Causa Business Doctorate from the Business School of Lausanne, Switzerland and am named ‘One of the world’s top ten visionary thinkers’ by the Ecologist Magazine. I won the Peoples Book Award for my first book Eradicating Ecocide and I have also written Earth is our Business. My latest book is I Dare You To Be Great.
WHO FUNDS ME
I love seaweed, raw chocolate and organic whisky, and I am delighted when I share all three with my friends. Biodynamic veg, flipping normatives, asking big questions and creative out-of the box thinking – all greatly matter to me.
I love art; 17th Century Dutch art (discovered when I was an Erasmus student in Utrecht) and the magical clarity of Cleasz Heda’s still lives. Hundertwasser (after living in Vienna) and his ecological philosophies. The British Museum in London.
And – I’m a Celt and a free spirit.
Want to read more – you can read a recent article here: A Quest from Harm to Harmony