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18th International Wildlife Law Conference

The 18th International Wildlife Law Conference will be held April 18-19, 2018 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The conference is being organized by Tilburg University’s Department of European and International Public Law in partnership with the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy of Stetson University College of Law. It brings together a variety of professionals involved in wildlife conservation, including lawyers, policymakers, and scientists; student participation is strongly encouraged.

This event welcomes not only law professionals/students with an interest in wildlife, but also wildlife professionals/students with an interest in law. The two keynote speakers reflect this broad, multidisciplinary remit: Michael Bowman (associate professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Law) and David Macdonald (founder and director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford).

The conference will include presentations on a range of legal and policy frameworks for achieving transboundary conservation, including, inter alia, the various global and regional wildlife treaties and the European Union’s Nature Directives. (See the preliminary program for details.)

Registration for the conference is now open, until March 30, 2018. To secure your participation in the conference, please complete and submit the registration form. The venue’s capacity is limited, so the sooner you register, the more likely it is that you will secure a place. Thanks to the generous support of Tilburg Law School, no fee will be charged for participation in the conference as such; however, as explained below, fees will be charged for participation in the additional events surrounding the conference.

A conference dinner will take place on the evening of April 18 in Tilburg University’s nicely located Faculty Club, and will consist of a tasty and ‘low-wildlife-footprint’ walking dinner. The cost of participation in the conference dinner is 45 euros per person.

An optional post-conference field trip to National Park ‘De Biesbosch’ will be held on April 20, in partnership with Staatsbosbeheer. A typical Dutch wetland, the Biesbosch is the scene of successful habitat restoration projects, and beaver, osprey, and white-tailed eagle have recently returned as reproducing species. The area will be explored on foot as well as by boat, and the field trip also includes a visit to the state-of-the-art Biesbosch Museum Island. Participants will depart from Tilburg by bus at 09h00 and be back in Tilburg at approximately 16h00, or can alternatively get off the bus at Dordrecht train station at approximately 15h00 (which may be convenient for those traveling to Schiphol Airport or other destinations). The cost of participating is, again, 45 euros per person, which includes lunch. Places on the field trip are limited (and subject to a lower maximum than the conference itself).

17th International Wildlife Law Conference

The 17th International Wildlife Law Conference was held in Pune, India at the Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Jan. 6-9, 2017.

» 2017 Conference Announcement

The conference was held for the first time in Asia and was jointly organized by Stetson University College of Law's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and the Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India, along with the Chair of International Master of Environmental Science Programme, University of Cologne, Germany.

The conference brought together wildlife law experts from governmental, non-governmental, and academic sectors, who discussed the following aspects of wildlife law and policy:

  • Wildlife crime and the law: International accords and treaties
  • Wildlife trade: Challenges across the borders
  • National policy and legal frameworks to curb wildlife trade
  • Wildlife law enforcement: New approaches
  • Capacity building for wildlife law enforcement
  • Culture, tradition, and wildlife law
  • Wildlife, traditional knowledge, biotechnology, and the law
  • Urban environments and wildlife law

The best papers from the conference will be published in a special edition of the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy.

Post Conference Tour: Kanha Tiger Reserve
Attendees were able to participate in an exciting field visit to Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, part of the extremely fascinating central India tiger landscape. One of the finest wildlife areas of the world, this tiger reserve is spread across 1945 sq. kms. With varied landscapes, this region was the source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. The park hosts the most famed Indian tiger with a host of other mammals and is a treasure trove for bird watchers.

For additional information, contact:

Professor Shamita Kumar
Institute of Environment Education and Research
Bharati Vidyapeeth University
Katraj-Dhankawadi, Pune 411043
Email: iwlc17@bvieer.edu.in
Phone: +91-20-24375684, 24362155
Website: http://ieer.bharatividyapeeth.edu

16th International Wildlife Law Conference

IWLC 2016

Stetson Law hosted the 16th International Wildlife Law Conference in Gulfport, Florida, on April 13-14, 2016. Speakers, students, and attendees from around the world participated in this year's conference and addressed topics such as hunting, fishing, and other impacts on wildlife, as well as connections and collaborations across multilateral environmental agreements. This year's conference was held in conjunction with the International Finals of the 20th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition and included presentations from student participants.

Featured speakers:

  • Elizabeth GitariMarceil Yeater, Former Chief, Legal Affairs and Trade Policy, Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
  • Elizabeth Gitari, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Legal Affairs Manager, WildlifeDirect
  • Dr. Lawrence E. Killmar, Zoo Director, Sr. VP Animal Science and Conservation, and Chief Zoological Officer, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

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» View Presentation Materials - Professor Nadia B. Ahmad
» View Presentation Materials - Dr. Wil Burns
» View Presentation Materials - Professor Rommel J. Casis
» View Presentation Materials - Melissa Lewis
» View Presentation Materials - Jaclyn Lopez
» View Presentation Materials - Professor Annecoos Wiersema
» View Presentation Materials - Marceil Yeater
» View the Agenda

15th International Wildlife Law Conference

The 15th International Wildlife Law Conference was held in Granada, Spain on March 26-27, 2015. Organized by the University of Granada Faculty of Law, the European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE), and Stetson University College of Law's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, the conference brought together wildlife law experts from the governmental, NGO, and academic sectors. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ludwig Krämer, a professor and top expert on environmental law and policy in the EU.

Other speakers covered topics such as:

  • Environmental crimes and wildlife
  • Perspectives on environmental prosecutions
  • Science and compliance mechanisms in biodiversity agreements
  • Innovative approaches to and updates on protecting wildlife and biodiversity


Co-sponsored by Stetson University College of Law, University of Granada Faculty of Law, and the European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime (EFFACE).

 

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