International Monsanto Tribunal in the Hague – October 2016


 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, has the opportunity for social movements to rally and plan for the future we want. The Tribunal and People’s Assembly took place between 14 and 16 October 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Monsanto Tribunal has been livestreamed so that people everywhere in the world could watch and listen to the Judges, the lawyers and the witnesses

We will share with you all the testimonies from witnesses and experts and pleas from the lawyers. As a start, we invite you to watch or rewatch the following key moments (in French, the videos in English will be available very soon).

  • Opening of the Tribunal by Corinne Lepage, former French Minister of Environment

  • Conclusion by Marie-Monique Robin, member of the organising committee

  • Conclusion by Judge Tulkens, Chairwoman of the Tribunal and former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights

Judge Tulkens: “We will try to deliver the legal opinion before December 10th, the International Day of human Rights. It 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.”