As we lead up to the date of our online event, we would like to share a short roadmap of our plans moving forward in the realm of domicide, which is defined as “the deliberate destruction of home by human agency in pursuit of specified goals, which causes suffering to the victims.”
The remit of Judicial Domicide is thus: to observe, investigate, and research any act of domicide or displacement facilitated by the legal system, its machinery, actors, agents, officers, and/or instruments. An important part of our work will be to act as a curator of empirical evidence, which can be used by ourselves and others to seek to obtain accountability of violations of the rule of law, and/or international human rights treaties.
Included in this remit are any cases in which a human being has felt that they have had no choice but to flee and leave their home due to external pressures imposed upon them by third parties.
The core topic of our event will centre around eviction proceedings and the tactics employed by enforcement agents in effecting the displacement of occupiers from their homes, which is the nexus of our remit that forms the foundation of our efforts as a humanitarian and research organisation.
After the event has concluded and we have introduced the essential elements that comprise the body of our work, we will be publishing a series of educational lessons, which are part of the training course that we are piloting, and this scheme will contain insightful information pertaining to the powers of enforcement agents, the rights of occupiers, the role of landlords, as well as the steps that can be taken during, leading up to, and after eviction.
We intend to cover the aforementioned areas in sufficient detail so that occupiers are aware of the range of options and procedures available to them at all stages of the eviction process.
This particular field is where we will be focusing our attention due to there being an overwhelming demand for clarification with respect to the factors at play in evictions that are often instrumental in the outcome of such cases.
Openness and transparency within this scope is both imperative and paramount in understanding the nature of displacement plus the lasting consequences of said action.
J. D. Porteous and S. E. Smith, Domicide : the global destruction of home (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2001). ↩︎