Stetson Law’s International Wildlife Law Conference brings international experts to India

Stetson University College of Law’s International Wildlife Law Conference, now in its 17th year, was held in Pune, India, in January.

Professor Royal Gardner, director of Stetson Institute for Biodiversity, presented at the conference in India.

Professor Royal Gardner, director of Stetson’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy, presented at the conference in India. Photo courtesy Shamita Kumar.

Presented for the first time in Asia, the International Wildlife Law Conference was coordinated by Stetson Law’s Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy and the Institute of Environment Education and Research at the Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University in Pune, India, along with the chair of International Master of Environmental Sciences program at the University of Cologne, Germany.

The international conference took place at the Institute of Environment Education and Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Jan. 6-9.

The conference brings together international wildlife law experts from governmental, non-governmental, and academic sectors.

Conference topics this year related to wildlife law and policy including:

  • wildlife crime and the law: international accords and treaties;
  • wildlife trade: challenges across the borders;
  • national policy and legal frameworks to curb wildlife trade;
  • wildlife law enforcement: new approaches;
  • capacity building for wildlife law enforcement;
  • culture, tradition, and wildlife law;
  • wildlife, traditional knowledge, biotechnology, and the law;
  • and urban environments and wildlife law.

A post-conference tour was conducted in the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh in India.