Swedish political support for ecocide law

On May 15, Swedish parliament voted on whether to make an announcement to the government on taking international initiative for ecocide law.

Six members’ bills had proposed a statement from parliament to the government that it should look into engaging for international ecocide law. Excerpt from committee for foreign affairs statement on the bills:

“the committee believes that there is a great need for an international regulatory framework for extensive, long-term and serious damage to the environment, so-called ecocide,which applies in both peacetime and wartime. The committee thus shares the intention of the bills. The committee also notes that the government has expressed a positive stance on the matter of making an addition in the form of ecocide to the Rome Statute and therefore the committee does not support the petitioners’ demand for an announcement to the government, but will closely follow the government’s analysis and work in the area.”

153 voted for the conclusion above.

150 voted to take things further, through an announcement from Parliament to the Government, that Sweden should investigate the possibility of taking international initiative to make ecocide a crime prosecutable by the International Criminal Court.

46 were absent.


“When listening to the debate in the parliament, it becomes evident that a clear majority is actually positive towards some form of international law against ecocide, or at least towards further investigating the issue. This is fundamentally positive, but I would wish that for once we could be clear and speak with a strong, united Swedish voice. We need to take a stand as a country and push for the implementation of an ecocide law,” says Johanna Lundgren Gestlöf, sustainability manager of occupational pension giant SPP.


Photo: Dan Coleman.

Share this post

Other articles

KPMG event and Dagens Industri article

40 sustainability managers, including representatives from some of Sweden’s major corporations, were treated to a seminar at KPMG Stockholm. Dagens Industri was present and published an article on the value of ecocide law.

KPMG features ecocide law

KPMG Onsite Solutions invited us to a client event, to talk about how to address a looming threat to fair competition.

EU Council votes to criminalize “cases comparable to ecocide”

Cases comparable to ecocide will be criminal in the EU. Member states have 24 months to implement the directive “Protection of the environment through criminal law”.

Human rights and the environment – increasingly important issues for companies and their advisors

On March 7, 2024 the Swedish Bar Association and Ecocide Law Alliance, together with law firms Cirio and Mannheimer Swartling, hosted solicitors and commercial lawyers at a seminar on human rights and the environment.

Circular economy and ecocide law – two keys to unlock the future

A circular economy offers a way out and ecocide law supports it. Join us on-site in Stockholm or online on April 9th to find out more.

Swedish companies urge criminalizing ecocide

Swedish companies from a broad range of industries now back the Ecocide Law Alliance initiative to criminalize mass environmental destruction – ecocide – within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, ICC. Thus, the companies are increasing the pressure on the Swedish government to work towards an international law against serious environmental crimes. The initiative is backed by Exponential Roadmap Initiative and We Don’t Have Time.