The Monsanto Tribunal is an international civil society initiative to hold Monsanto accountable for human rights violations, for crimes against humanity, and for ecocide. Eminent judges heard testimonies from victims, and will deliver an advisory opinion following procedures of the International Court of Justice. A distinct and parallel event, the People's Assembly, was a gathering of social movements from all over the world that exchanged ideas and planned for the future we want. The Tribunal and People's Assembly took place between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands. The delivery of the legal opinion is expected in April 2017.
The Monsanto Tribunal was livestreamed. All the testimonies from witnesses and experts and pleas from the lawyers are online, please see our Multimedia page. As a start, we invite you to watch or rewatch the following key moments.
Judge Tulkens: "[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."
Many pictures and short videos of interviews of witnesses, lawyers and experts of the Tribunal and speakers at the People's Assembly are online on our Facebook page and accessible on our Multimedia page.
Read more on the legal context of the Monsanto Tribunal and its consequences.