Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of experts from across the globe who provide the WJC with valuable local insights and knowledge. Our Advisory Council members, in alphabetical order, include:


Prof. Dr. Etannibi Alemika – Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Jos, Nigeria.

Mr. Alemika earned a B.Sc. Sociology from the University of Ibadan and Ph.D. Criminology from the Department of Social System Sciences, University of Pennslyvania, US. Prof. Dr. Alemika is currently a Professor of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Jos and a member of several national and international academic, professional and civic societies. Prof. Dr. Alemika has served on several presidential reform committees in Nigeria – police reform (2006); prison reform (2005-2006); fire services (2012) and anti-corruption strategy (2015 – present). Prof. Dr. Alemika academic and professional interests, research and publications are in the areas of policing, criminal justice policy and administration, security governance and reform.


Marcus Asner – Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer.

Mr. Asner was an Assistant United States Attorney in New York, where he was Chief of the Major Crimes Unit for two years, and served in the Public Corruption Unit. As a prosecutor, Mr. Asner led the US prosecution of United States v. Bengis, one of the largest and most significant trafficking cases in History, which involved a massive scheme to import illegally harvested lobster from South Africa into the US. Mr. Asner presently works in private practice in New York where he routinely counsels clients on a wide variety of environmental and wildlife trafficking issues, and writes and speaks frequently on international wildlife trafficking and corruption. Mr. Asner has given training to Interpol and other law enforcement entities on wildlife trafficking, has testified on trafficking issues before the US House of Representatives, and has conducted briefings for the US Congress on wildlife trafficking and related issues. Mr. Asner served on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Enforcement.


Steven Broad – Executive Director TRAFFIC.

Mr. Broad has three decades of diverse experience in wildlife trade research, investigations, CITES implementation and regulation support, policy influence and facilitation. Mr. Broad has a BSc in Environmental Studies and is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, a Fellow of WWF UK and member of the Executive Board of the FairWild Foundation. Mr. Broad was a member of the Global Agenda Council on Organised Crime and Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum, and participates in the OECD Task Force on Charting Illicit Trade. Mr. Broad has also served as an advisor to the Pew Marine Fellowship Program and the Whitley Awards for Nature Conservation.




Nelson Cheng – Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) of the Hong Kong Police.

Mr. Cheng joined the Hong Kong Police in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations) in 2016. Between 2006 and 2007, Mr. Cheng was seconded to the HKSAR Government Secretariat to act as a law enforcement advisor to the Commissioner for Narcotics on anti-money laundering and a core member of the HKSAR delegation to the Financial Action Task Force and Egmont Group’s Plenary and Working Group Meetings. Mr. Cheng headed the Joint Financial Intelligence Unit of Hong Kong between 2007 and 2010. Mr. Cheng moved across to Operations in 2010 upon his promotion to the rank of Senior Superintendent and has since been regularly involved in planning and executing security operations for major events as well as managing major protests. He is currently the policy holder of the Hong Kong Police on Illegal Immigration, Counter Terrorism, Search and Rescue, Public Order and Safety, as well as Aviation, Boundary and Internal Security. Mr. Cheng was a visiting fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. in 2011, during which he undertook research into problems and global solutions for transnational organised crime. Mr. Cheng was a member of the Global Agenda Council on Organised Crime of the World Economic Forum between 2011 and 2014 and became a member of the Advisory Council of the Wildlife Justice Commission in 2015.


Kate Cook – Barrister at Matrix Chambers.

Ms. Cook is a barrister at Matrix Chambers in the UK. Ms. Cook has a particular and wide-ranging expertise in environmental law, domestic, EU and international. She has recently advised on climate change, fisheries and biodiversity related issues among other areas. Ms. Cook has appeared before the International Court of Justice in a number of cases including Argentina v Uruguay (Pulp Mills) and Australia v Japan (Antarctic Whaling). Before joining Matrix in 2000, Ms. Cook worked for six years as a lawyer in the UK Department of the Environment (International & EC Division) and represented the UK at many international negotiating fora including CITES, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Berne Convention, IUCN, the Cartagena Protocol and the Basel Convention. Ms. Cook regularly advised on CITES including issues related to national enforcement. Ms. Cook publishes regularly on a range of topics and is the sole author of Wildlife Law published by Cameron May in 2004.


Dr. Luis Franceschi, LLB, LL.M, LL.D – Dean of Strathmore Law School.

Dr. Franceschi is a law lecturer and legal advisor to several national and international government agencies, commissions and programmes, including the United Nations and the World Bank. He sits on several boards: Transparency International, the International Association of Law Schools and Sosian Energy, among others. He is a weekly columnist with the Daily Nation Newspaper (Kenya) and he has also published widely on law and governance in Africa. His latest books are: The African Human Rights Judicial System (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and The Constitution of Kenya 2010: A Commentary, which is the first and only comprehensive 900-page commentary on the Constitution of Kenya (SUP). Dr. Franceschi has also taught leadership executive courses in more than 15 countries. Dr. Franceschi is a Kenyan citizen and resides in Nairobi.



Tom Keatinge – Director of the Centre for Financial Crime (CFCS) & Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Mr. Keatinge is the founding Director of RUSI’s CFCS which he joined in December 2014 following a 20-year investment banking career at J.P. Morgan. His research focuses on both financial crime-related policy issues in the UK and at the international level (e.g. at the Financial Action Task Force) as well as the way in which finance and the private sector can be used to disrupt issues such as terrorist financing, human trafficking, proliferation finance/sanctions evasion and the illegal wildlife trade via the effective use of financial intelligence. Mr. Keatinge has a Master’s in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the operation and effectiveness of the global counter-terror finance regime.


Simon Minks – National Senior Public Prosecutor of the Netherlands.

Mr. Minks specialises in counter terrorism and war crimes. Since 2015, Mr. Minks has (also) resumed position as Liaison Magistrate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), MICT and the Embassies. Previous to his position as (senior) public prosecutor, he was a practising lawyer for ten years. Mr. Minks prosecuted (some of them in appeal) highly sensitive cases including, against Trafigura (export illegal waste), five members of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for their role in the armed conflict in Sri Lanka (April 2015), members of an international terrorist group related to Syria and Iraq, which included recruiters and fighters for IS and Jabhat al-Nusra, three former Afghan generals, a Rwandan war criminal, Somali pirates and the Dutch man van Anraat, who was the main supplier of certain chemicals to Saddam Hussein (who turned it into chemical weapons and used it against the Kurds). Mr. Minks gives (international) trainings and presentations for judges, prosecutors and policemen and guest lectures at different universities (recently at the American University in Kurdistan).


Philip Muruthi – Chief Scientist of the Landscape Conservation Programs at the African Wildlife Foundation.



Motoo Noguchi – Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims at the International Criminal Court and Prosecutor at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office in Tokyo.

Mr. Noguchi was previously prosecutor in Japan (1985-1996), professor at the Research & Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice (1996-2000), counsel at the Office of the General Counsel of Asian Development Bank (2000-2004), professor at UNAFEI (2004-2012), international judge of the Supreme Court Chamber at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC, 2006-2012), legal advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international criminal justice, and Director of International Cooperation Department of the Research and Training Institute (2012-2014). Mr. Noguchi graduated from the University of Tokyo, faculty of law (1983) and the Legal Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1985). Mr. Noguchi was visiting scholar at University of Washington, School of Law (1992-93), visiting professional at the ICC (2005), visiting fellow at Yale Law School, Schell Center for International Human Rights (2006-07), and visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2009-2016).


Antonio A. Oposa – Leading Environmental Lawyer.

Mr. Oposa is one of Asia’s leading voices in the global arena of Environmental Law. His work is internationally known for the case where children, acting on behalf of themselves and for future generations, took the Philippine Government to court to preserve the country’s remaining old-growth forests (1993). The case enforces the principle of intergenerational responsibility, now known as the ‘Oposa Doctrine’. In 2008, after a ten-year legal battle, he won another case to compel the Philippine Government to clean up Manila Bay. As an ordinary citizen, without any resources but with an abundance of guts, Mr. Oposa organised elite operatives and led daring enforcement operations against environmental crime syndicates. Mr. Oposa is a lawyer (University of the Philippines) with a Master of Laws from Harvard University, where he was the commencement speaker of his graduating class.  For his early work, he was given The Outstanding Young Man (TOYM) of the Philippines award (1993) and the UN Environment Global Roll of Honor (1997). He is the only Asian to receive the Washington DC-based Center for International Environmental Law Award (2008). In 2009, he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s highest recognition for public service. Mr. Oposa was cited “for his path-breaking and passionate crusade to engage Filipinos in acts of enlightened citizenship that maximise the power of the Law to nurture the environment, for themselves, their children, and for generations yet unborn”.


Hon Elizabeth Quat, JP – Hong Kong Legislative Council Member, an IT professional, Chairman of the Legco IT and Broadcasting Panel.

Ms. Quat founded numerous non-profit organisations and professional bodies, including “Internet Professional Association” in 1999, “e-Health Consortium” in 2005, “Energy Saving & Environment Concern Alliance” in 2007, “Green ICT Consortium” in 2009, “Love-Family Foundation” in 2013, and “Smart City Consortium” in 2015. From both inside and outside the Council, Ms. Quat strives to promote Hong Kong’s economic development, innovation and technology development and devoted her efforts in policies particularly related to women and family affairs, security, and environmental and animal protection.



Dr. Deborah Ruiz Verduzco – Director of Institutional and Civil Society Development at the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).

Dr. Ruiz Verduzco worked at Parliamentarians for Global Action, a network of members of parliament mobilising national and global efforts to support accountability and rule of law. In her capacity as Deputy-Director of the International Law and Human Rights Programme and Head of The Hague Office she oversaw the provision of political, advocacy, and legal advice and technical assistance in the framework of the Campaign for the Universality and Effectiveness of the International Criminal Court. From 2013 until 2016, Dr. Ruiz Verduzco served as Special Assistant of two Presidents of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, based in New York. In her native Mexico, she has worked at the Federal Electoral Commission, the Senate, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has been affiliated to policy and research initiatives with the International Commission of Jurists, Open Society Justice Initiative and No Peace Without Justice. Dr. Ruiz Verduzco is a member of the Council of Advisers of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression, and Member of the PGA Development Advisory Committee.


John Webb – Independent.

Prior to his retirement in 2011, Mr. Webb was on the U.S. Government team which was geared towards investigating and prosecuting transnational, as well as domestic trafficking and poaching. Between 1978 and 2011, Mr. Webb fulfilled various roles including actively advising investigators in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office and Law Enforcement at the Department of the Interior and writing enforcement regulations, then for a quarter century at the Department of Justice personally prosecuting or assisting other federal prosecutors to successfully prosecute hundreds of wildlife cases nationwide. Moreover, Mr. Webb developed innovative techniques and theories for prosecuting wildlife traffickers during his tenure, first in the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section, then later in the Environmental Crimes Section. Contributions by Mr. Webb in collaboration with the U.S. Sentencing Commission led to Sentencing Guidelines for wildlife offenses in effect for decades stiffening criminal penalties for convicted traffickers.



Timothy Wittig – Senior Research Fellow, University of Groningen.