Stetson hosts International Wildlife Law Conference

Stetson University College of Law is hosting the 16th International Wildlife Law Conference on April 13-14 in Gulfport, Florida.

Elizabeth Gitari spoke April 13 at Stetson. Photo by Karun Rivero.

Elizabeth Gitari spoke April 13 at Stetson. Photo by Karun Rivero.

Speakers, students, and attendees from around the world are participating in this year’s conference and will address topics such as hunting, fishing and other impacts on wildlife, as well as connections and collaborations across multilateral environmental agreements.

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This year’s conference is being held in conjunction with the international finals of the 20th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, which brings international student teams to compete on Stetson’s Gulfport campus.

Featured conference speakers include:

  • Marceil Yeater, former chief, legal affairs and trade policy, Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
  • Elizabeth Gitari, advocate of the High Court of Kenya and legal affairs manager, WildlifeDirect
  • Dr. Lawrence E. Killmar, zoo director and senior vice president of animal science and conservation and chief zoological officer, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
  • Ryan Tate, co-founder and president of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife

“One of the things that I would advise young lawyers to do is No. 1 to be passionate and committed because the duty to ensure that Africa and the world’s endangered species endure forever is the duty of every global citizen,” said Gitari.  Gitari delivered the Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture on April 13 to an audience of law students from around the world.