Our Events and Webinars

From surviving to thriving: combatting crimes in the fisheries sector for healthy and resilient oceans – 2024 Ocean Decade Conference – Barcelona

9 April 2024

The Wildlife Justice Commission co-organised a satellite event on crimes in the fisheries sector as part of the 2024 UN Ocean Decade Week in Barcelona.

Our Director of External Relations and Communication Lisa Hartevelt, together with representatives from the Sri Lanka Navy, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Skylight discussed the impact of crimes in the fisheries sector and strategies to combat them, emphasizing the role of criminal justice systems, new technologies, and multistakeholder partnerships in the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans, seas, and marine resources.

Not so special? The use of special investigative techniques and joint investigations against environmental crimes: Women in action

26 May 2023

During the 32nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), this hybrid event focused on promoting the effective use of the provisions under the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on joint investigations and special investigative techniques to address environmental crimes and the corruption that enables them. The side event also highlighted the role of women in fighting crimes that affect the environment.

Putting rhinos back on the radar

22 September 2022

A joint webinar hosted by WWF South Africa and the Wildlife Justice Commission to mark World Rhino Day 2022. The webinar focused on the status of African rhino populations and gave insight into an analysis of the trafficking of rhino horn over the last decade. 

The Illicit Wildlife Trade Developments, Responses, and Lessons Learned to Support SDG 15

7 July 2022

During the 2022 UN High Level Political Forum the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) joined the Wildlife Justice Commission in co-organising a session about innovative responses that target different stages in international trafficking flows. Speakers shared their experiences of the progress that has been made in disrupting the illicit wildlife trade, but also outlined key challenges that remain and provided recommendations to member states for further improvements to the global response.

Wildlife Justice Commission Executive Director Olivia Swaak-Goldman statement on tackling environmental crimes

 19 May 2022

Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Executive Director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, took the floor during the plenary of the 31st Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPJC) in Vienna. Olivia Swaak-Goldman’s intervention called on States to effectively implement key recommendations endorsed earlier this year at the CCPCJ expert discussions which focused on tackling environmental crimes.

Addressing illicit financial flows derived from crimes that affect the environment: Good practices and challenges

15 February 2022

Financial gain is the incentive driving organised environmental crimes. Despite increased awareness, law enforcement agencies have yet to systemically leverage one of the most effective tools: financial investigations. To share best practices, the Wildlife Justice Commission co-hosted an online panel discussion with France. The panel discussion was an online side event to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice’s (CCPCJ) Expert Discussions on Crimes that Affect the Environment.

Crime Convergence: Intelligent Approaches to Organised Crime

17 June 2021

A panel of experts reflected on the recommendations of our latest report ‘Convergence of wildlife crime with other forms of organised crime’.

Leveraging the best tools to address environmental crime enabled by corruption

4 June 2021

This side event at United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) against Corruption was hosted by France. It focused on the links between corruption, environmental crimes, and the implementation of the UNCAC Resolution 8/12.

Wildlife Crime: The soft underbelly of organised crime

16 October 2020

The Wildlife Justice Commission and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) co-hosted an online panel discussion during the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC). Panellists examined how the cross-cutting nature of wildlife crime can present multiple entry points for law enforcement engaged against organised crime.

WJC pledge at Illegal Wildlife Trade 2018

11 October 2018

Our pledge at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, London, 2018, to assist law enforcement and policy efforts to fight transnational wildlife crime.

Featured Events and Webinars

13 December 2023

At the 10th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, we co-organised a “mega event” together with a number of States and other organisations. As part of this event, in the Setting the scene session, experts explored how corruption facilitates environmental crime and identified gaps in current anti-corruption initiatives. We presented findings from our most recent report on the nexus of corruption and crime in the wildlife trafficking supply chain.

Environmental Crime, Corruption and Climate Crisis

8 December 2022

The hybrid session Strengthening Anti-Corruption Frameworks and Enforcement Measures to Protect the Environment, the Climate and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Communities was coordinated by the Wildlife Justice Commission and took place during the 20th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) held in Washington, D.C. from 6-10 December 2022.

Ecocide: A Discussion of Law and Ethics

20 January 2022

In this time of climate change, environmental harm is a matter of international concern, even if the damage is inflicted within national borders. This webinar brought together key perspectives to focus on the legal and ethical issues of creating an international legal framework for ecocide.

Tackling corruption linked to environmental crime

17 December 2021

During the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, panelists presented case studies of successfully adjudicated cases, and examples of how corruption facilitates different forms of environmental crime.