Wildlife Justice Commission

In keeping with EAL’s stated mission of being an innovative, concrete, and collaborative organization, our founder, Mr. Andrea Crosta, was instrumental in designing and setting up the newly created Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. EAL discretely works with the WJC, supporting its activities in many ways, and Mr. Crosta is a member of the Supervisory Board.
The Wildlife Justice Commission is an independent organization founded in March 2015 by legal, criminal justice, and conservation experts in order to expose and disrupt the criminal networks responsible for transnational, organized wildlife crime.
In setting up and defining the role of the Wildlife Justice Commission, the knowledge and experience of HiiL Innovating Justice, was crucial. Its founding CEO, Sam Muller, previously worked for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
The Wildlife Justice Commission works independently but in collaboration with partners in key fields across the globe. The core team consists of multidisciplinary wildlife crime specialists; an Accountability Panel of independent, high-level individuals; and high-profile, influential Ambassadors who help ensure that wildlife criminals are prosecuted by national authorities.


The Map of Facts
The end product of the investigative work is a case file in the form of aMap of Facts’ that exposes how the networks operate and what the Wildlife Justice Commission knows about the key perpetrators. This is the starting point for efforts to ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable by governments and law enforcement agencies. An independent Accountability Panel reviews the ‘Map of Facts’ before it is shared with the relevant state authorities.
If national law enforcement agencies do not act upon the ‘Map of Facts’, the Wildlife Justice Commission activates a public validation process of the ‘Map of Facts’ through a public hearing before the Accountability Panel. Based on its recommendations, the Wildlife Justice Commission then applies pressure on the relevant authorities to act, by mobilizing a multi-national network of government, business, and law enforcement representatives.


WJC’s first case: Vietnam
In January 2016, the Wildlife Justice Commission presented the authorities of Viet Nam with a Map of Facts regarding a large organized criminal network trading in endangered wildlife species.
This criminal network, based in Viet Nam, engages in transnational trade in large quantities of wildlife products from many endangered species, including rhino horn, ivory and tiger parts.
The Map of Facts delivered to the authorities of Viet Nam opens the dialogue on this case with a view to implementing the necessary national law enforcement action against this criminal network.
The Wildlife Justice Commission is currently researching other wildlife crime cases globally.
The Wildlife Justice Commission has been quietly operating since early 2015 and it was officially presented and launched in The Hague on the 2nd of October 2015, in the presence of Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, the Dutch Ministry of the Environment, and the Deputy Mayor of The Hague.

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