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 a ‘Map 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.