How we work

Our scope encompasses illegal trade by organised transnational criminal networks in wildlife, timber and fisheries.

The objective of our investigation is to activate justice.

Sometimes this happens immediately while other investigations take longer if they require extensive national dialogue or even a Public Hearing. Typically, there are three routes we take to activate justice.

Immediate action

In pertinent situations and whenever possible we share intelligence and work with law enforcement agencies to incite immediate action.

National Dialogue

In more complex situations and if we are unable to cooperate with responsible agencies towards immediate action, an investigation will result in a Case File. This is a very detailed and highly actionable document that maps out criminal networks and their illicit activities, which national authorities can put to immediate use. The Case File is affirmed by an Initial Reviewer, a member of the Independent Review Panel, before it is delivered to the relevant authorities.

We then engage with the national authorities and work with our Ambassadors and stakeholders to convince, and if necessary, exert background pressure on authorities to act on evidence provided.

Public Hearing

If the National Dialogue is unsuccessful and insufficient action is taken, we have the option to convene a Public Hearing. Evidence from our investigation is presented for confirmation to a Designated Independent Review Panel consisting of five independent experts. At the end of the Public Hearing, the Panel decides whether or not to confirm the fair and objective nature of the evidence presented and can offer recommendations to the national authorities and others.

Throughout, we adhere to a transparent and accountable process, the Rules of Procedure

 

According to the adjusted Rules of Procedure, as of 3 May 2017 the term ‘Accountability Panel’ has been replaced with ‘Independent Review Panel (IRP)’ when referring to the pool of appointed individuals willing to initially review a Case File or participate in a Public Hearing and ‘Designated Independent Review Panel’ for the IRP constituted for a Public Hearing in a specific case.