COURT FOR INTERGENERATIONAL CLIMATE CRIMES
The Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC) is a collaboration between Indian writer, lawyer and activist Radha D’Souza and Dutch artist Jonas Staal, produced by Framer Framed. The project consists of a large-scale installation in the form of a tribunal for the prosecution of intergenerational climate crimes. The inauguration of the tribunal will take place on 24 September 2021. From 28-31 October, the CICC will hold hearings against Unilever, ING, Airbus and the Dutch State.
The CICC will host hearings in which evidence will be presented by prosecutors and witnesses relating to intergenerational climate crimes committed by corporations registered in the Netherlands, as well as the legal frameworks established by the Dutch state system supportive of the corporations. The proceedings of the tribunal will be led by four judges: Radha D’Souza, Sharon H. Venne, Nicholas Hildyard and Rasigan Maharajh. The legal framework of the CICC is based on D’Souza’s book What’s Wrong With Rights (2018), a critical analysis of neoliberal legal institutions.
The CICC will provide evidence of past and present climate crimes by looking at their impact on the here and now, as well as on planetary life in the future. As such, the tribunal rejects the linear, individualised narratives that underlie the current legal system. The hearings will be documented online, with evidence and testimony files then presented to both institutional and activist organizations.
In addition to prosecutors, witnesses and the public, the tribunal consists of an ecology populated by extinct animals, plants and ammonite fossils. Each of them, in a different language, is referred to as “comrade”. These non-human ancestors are both evidence of past intergenerational climate crimes and witness to the collective effort of the CICC to contribute to intergenerational climate justice in the present and future.