2014 Symposium - International Wildlife Trafficking: Law and Policy

Elephant, Quinnipiac Wildlife Trafficking Symposium

Photo credit: Grace Thomas

The Quinnipiac Law Review hosted its annual symposium on Nov. 8, 2014. This year's topic was "International Wildlife Trafficking: Law and Policy."

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In February 2014, 46 countries, including the U.S., convened for The London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. The meeting resulted in the issuance of a declaration recognizing "the economic, social and environmental consequences of illegal trade in wildlife" and emphasizing in particular the threat to "the survival of elephants in the wild." In response, the participating nations resolved to strengthen law enforcement, increase international cooperation, endorse the action of governments which have destroyed "seized wildlife products being traded illegally," and to raise awareness of the problem.

Contemporaneously with the London Conference, the Obama Administration issued a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. The administration employed ominous language in announcing its environmental call to arms:

"In the past decade, wildlife trafficking-the poaching or other taking of protected or managed species and the illegal trade in wildlife and their related parts and products-has escalated into an international crisis. Wildlife trafficking is both a critical conservation concern and a threat to global security with significant effects on the national interests of the United States and the interests of our partners around the world."

Echoing the London group, the administration announced an intention to address the crisis with a three-pronged strategy of strengthening enforcement, reducing demand and building international cooperation. The strategy is particularly focused on trade in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn and assures that "nearly all commercial trade" in those substances "will be prohibited."

This conference will examine U.S. and international efforts to address illegal wildlife trafficking. With a particular focus on ivory, symposium participants will examine the legal and policy issues critical to the debate.

Wildlife Trafficking in the News
Interested in learning more about the symposium topic? Below are links to recent news stories and reports on the current state of international wildlife trafficking. 

A Voice for Elephants
National Geographic news watch blog

Chinese President's Delegation Tied to Illegal Ivory Purchases During Africa Visit
The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2014

Vanishing Point: Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania's Elephants
Environmental Investigation Agency, November 2014

"Mozambique logs a rare victory against poachers"
Associate Press, Sept. 14, 2014

"A Tipping Point for Elephants"
Slate, Aug. 20, 2014 

"Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery and America's Pianos"
NPR, Aug. 18, 2014

"New York's Power to Fight Illegal Ivory (Op-Ed)"
Live Science, Aug. 12, 2014

"Save the Elephants"
The New Yorker, July 7, 2014

"Christian McBride's bow stolen by TSA"
The JazzLine, June 24, 2014

"Grandma's Cameo becomes yard-sale contraband"
The Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2014

"Poachers kill beloved Kenyan elephant known for giant tusks" 
CNN, June 15, 2014

The President's Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking recommendations
June 9, 2014

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