Seminar Illegal wildlife trade and enforcement in the European Union

On the 15th of January, the seminar illegal wildlife trade and enforcement in the EU will be held.

Illegal wildlife trade is not a new phenomenon. However, the nature, consequences and scale of illegal wildlife trade has changed considerably over the past years. The illegal wildlife trade includes activities such as trade, smuggling, abduction, capture or collection of (endangered) species. This seminar will focus on different aspects of regulation and enforcement of the illegal wildlife trade in the European Union.
Scientific researchers, representatives of law enforcement and nongovernmental organizations will discuss this subject from different perspectives. The emphasis will be in particular on the role of private actors in regulation and enforcement of this growing EU problem.

The event will be chaired by Prof. dr. Dina Siegel. See: Invitation


  • dr. John Vervaele – Professor in Economic and European criminal law Utrecht University;
  • Daan van Uhm – Junior Assistant Professor and PhD Candidate Criminology UU – Illegal trade in wildlife and the role of the EU;
  • Andrea Keessen – Assistant Professor Institute of Constitutional, Administrative Law and Legal Theory Utrecht University – Regulation of CITES markets in the EU;
  • Mark van der Wal – International Union for Conservation of Nature – Threatened species and illegal wildlife trade;
  • Mr John M. Sellar – Former Chief of Enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) – Combating international wildlife crime;
  • Marcel van Nijnatten – CITES Management Authority NL – Enforcement of CITES;
  • Jaap Reijngoud – TRAFFIC EU-TWIX Support Officer – Detection of illegal wildlife trade in the EU;
  • Rikkert Reijnen – International Fund for Animal Welfare – The role of private actors in enforcement of wildlife trade.