Friday, December 12, 2008

Bad Idea of the Year

As reported in the December 1st Telegraph (U.K.):
Lawyers call for international court for the environment

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.

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".
Courts, lawyers, new "rights," and costs-exceed-benefits enviro-ism together: Just what a world in recession needs.


Geoffrey Britain said...

Just one step closer to a euro-left led, non-elected, bureaucratically controlled, one-world government.

All part of an effort to make the SCOTUS an appellate court to the World Court.

Carl said...

I agree, though Dale and Heller are among the few cases a World Court might decide differently than the current SCOTUS.