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Legal opinion of the Monsanto Tribunal: April 18th
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Picture: Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, October 2016
On April 18th, the Monsanto Tribunal judges will publicly present their conclusions and legal recommendations in The Hague. This event will be livestreamed in English, French, German and Spanish. It will take place in the afternoon (Central EU time). Please read our detailed report from the event in October and find more information in our archive.
On 16 and 17 October 2016, more than 30 witnesses and experts from all over the world gathered in The Hague for the Monsanto Tribunal. They presented their testimonies and analyses on the effects of Monsanto’s business practices to a panel of 5 judges from different continents.
Picture: One of the witnesses at the Monsanto Tribunal.
The combined material of the witnesses and experts on the damage caused by Monsanto was so extensive that the judges have dedicated the eighteen weeks that elapsed since the civil society tribunal to carefully consider and evaluate it all. On April 18th, the Monsanto Tribunal judges will publicly present their conclusions and legal recommendations in The Hague.
Ecocide could be become state of facts for international law
"We look forward to a very thorough and important legal opinion", explain the organizers of the Monsanto Tribunal. Judge Tulkens, former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights and Chair of the Monsanto Tribunal, said in October: “[The legal opinion] will be addressed to Monsanto and to the United Nations. From this legal opinion, other jurisdictions can be involved and more judges will step in. We, as the judges [at the Monsanto Tribunal] have seen, heard, noted and deliberated. Chances are that the international law will take into consideration new issues such as the ones related to ecocide.”