“We are delighted to welcome the Wildlife Justice Commission as one of the founding Champions to End Wildlife Crime. The Wildlife Justice Commission has deep insights into the organised and highly destructive nature of these serious crimes and of what it takes to tackle the criminals who lie behind them. It will be a important voice in helping to advance these much needed law reforms.”
Who we work with
Engaging governments with diplomacy to take action
While our work is undercover, we do not work in isolation. We partner with those who share our goals and our vision of an end to wildlife trafficking and the criminal networks that perpetuate it.
We work with academic institutions, such as the Strathmore University, policy institutes such as the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), international organisations, such as Europol and non-for-profit entities, such as Monitor Conservation Research Society, the National Whistleblower Center and the Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism.
We are part of the Alliance to Counter Crime Online (ACCO) to fight organised criminal networks trading in wildlife online and the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance (WTA) to fight the global epidemic of wildlife trafficking.
We work globally with groups and individuals to bring evidence from the field. Among those we can publicly thanks are the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN), the Indian Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) and Mozambique’s National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC).
We work with national law makers and politicians to bring the evidence that should allow and compel them to take action to stop wildlife crime in their own countries and across their borders. In addition to our work at national government level we also work within international political mechanisms like the United Nations Convention against Corruption, CITES and the G20 Anti-Corruption Group.
For investigations that result in a Case File, we establish a dialogue with national authorities of the key governments involved to encourage them and their law enforcement authorities to act.
A Case File is a detailed and highly actionable document mapping out the criminal networks and their illicit activities, which we share with national authorities, who can put it to immediate use. The Case File is affirmed by a member of the Independent Review Panel before it is delivered to the relevant authorities.
The main objective of the Case File is to help law enforcement agencies to bring wildlife criminals to justice. To date, the WJC has served case files to the authorities of Vietnam in 2016 and 2017, China and Lao PDR.
Our work is not intended to replace or circumvent domestic processes, so a national dialogue is important to ensure a strong partnership. However, there is also an urgent need to stop wildlife trafficking and ensure those responsible are held accountable, so if governments do not take action, the Wildlife Justice Commission will convene a Public Hearing, as a last resort, hosted by an Independent Review Panel, to examine the Case File, and determine the action that could and should be taken.