Visiting Speaker Dr Nurse on Policing Wildlife

November  2015

On 17 November Dr Angus Nurse, from Middlesex University, gave a presentation entitled 'Policing Wildlife: Contemporary Perspectives on the Enforcement of Wildlife Legislation on the basis of case studies from his book Policing Wildlife (Palgrave 2015).

The talk explored the enforcement of wildlife law and examined the types of wildlife crime, the role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in developing policies and enforcing the law, and considered how justice systems deal with wildlife crime.

Dr Nurse explained how wildlife crime is one of the fastest-growing areas of crime in the world and yet it is still perceived as a fringe area of criminal justice and remains a neglected area of law. In his analysis he examined the challenges posed by the transnational nature of organised crime highlighting the weak enforcement regimes in place for wildlife crime, linked to that the lack of adequate training of enforcement bodies and the more lenient attitudes to wildlife crimes by the courts. This is despite the existence of strong provisions in wildlife law internationally.

His main argument was that enforcement regimes need to adapt to contemporary wildlife crime threats and that wildlife crime needs to be given more adequate space within mainstream justice systems.