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NELA Webinar Series- Taking wildlife crime seriously: legal reforms and lessons from Europe

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST

$10.00 – $30.00

Wildlife crime is increasing globally, posing a growing threat to Australia’s rich diversity of threatened and endemic species and natural ecosystems. Illegal harvesting, killing, and trading plants and animals also seriously threatens Australia’s tourism industry and its $100 billion agricultural, forestry and fisheries exports. However, existing laws have consistently failed to effectively deter and punish environmental crimes in Australia and around the world. In this seminar, our speakers will make the case that in designing Australia’s new national environmental laws, law makers must take the growing threat of wildlife crime seriously. The seminar will detail the changing nature of the threat that wildlife crime poses to biodiversity, showcasing cutting-edge research at the intersection of science, criminology and law, and highlighting recent developments in international and European laws to combat wildlife crime.

More about the Speakers: 

Professor Phill Cassey is an inaugural Australian Research Council Industry Laureate Fellow, head of the Invasion Science & Wildlife Ecology Group (a research-intensive laboratory at the University of Adelaide) and, most recently, discipline head of the University of Adelaide’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. He is recognised internationally as a leading expert on wildlife crime and has published extensively (>300 papers) on the conservation, transport and trade in animal species. Phill’s research has been adopted in environmental biosecurity arrangements by state and national governments in Australia, and he is one of a small number of academics on the INTERPOL ‘Wildlife Crime Working Group’, working to apply environmental biosecurity principles to combat demand and illegal wildlife trafficking.

Dr Daan van Uhm is Associate Professor of Criminology, specialising in Green Criminology, at the Utrecht University School of Law, Willem Pompe Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology. His research focuses primarily on ‘green crimes’ and environmental harm, including illegal mining in Latin America, wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia, deforestation in Central Africa, and the criminalisation of ecocide. Daan has a PhD in Criminology from Utrecht University, on the topic: The Illegal Wildlife Trade: Inside the World of Poachers, Smugglers and Traders (published by Springer). In 2018 he received the Veni grant of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his research project ‘The Diversification of Organized Crime into the Illegal Trade in Natural Resources’. In 2022 he received the ERC Starting Grant (European Research Council) for the research project ‘Green Crimes and Joint Crime Ventures: Laundering Natural Resources’.

Dr Phil McCormack is co-convenor of the NELA’s Publications, Submissions & Advocacy Portfolio, and Future Making Fellow at the Environment Institute and Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide. Phil is a climate and environmental law scholar. Her research critically evaluates Australia’s conservation laws, highlighting legal and policy challenges and proposing reforms to help biodiversity adapt as the climate changes.


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July 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
$10.00 – $30.00
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