Ecocide — an international crime to destroy or contaminate the environment that humans live in.
Sustainabilitank.info reports that supporters of a new ecocide law believe it could be used to prosecute “climate deniers” who distort science and facts to mislead the uninformed and to discourage voters and politicians from tackling climate change and environmental degredation.
British innovator and lawyer Polly Higgins presents a declaration of planetary rights, and a proposal that declares mass destruction of ecosystems a crime on a par with genocide. Well, actually, destroying where humans live is the essential genocide, not “on a par with”.
Consider :: Will it matterwhether it is a crime to eliminate any categories of humans (genocide) if there is no habitable place for any humans?
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Yesterday, Senator John Kerry announced plans to introduce a bill to create an ambassador to coordinate U.S foreign policy on cyber issues. This measure could bring official leadership to the issues of cyberspace and eDiplomacy.
Government Computer News reported that the legislation would open diplomatic relations in cyberspace.
Who could do this job? Career Ambassadors with a grasp of cyber issues are in short supply. Will Seattle or Silicon Vale push for one of their own? Who would you like to see steering the U.S. government’s cybersecurity portfolio in the global arena?
Discovery is a term of art in law. And eDiscovery refers to information in digital format. Entities that create, acquire and store digital information have to be sensitive to the legal requirements of preserving intangible documents. Here’s a link to a quick video summarizing the challenges.
Electronic Discovery Law requires its practitioners review the issues and examine problems. A report by the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System looks at the implications of revising discovery rules and procedures.