Wildlife resources contribute a large percentage of the country’s economy and are considered a sense of pride for many African countries, including Kenya. However, our wildlife resources are under threat following rampant poaching activities which are fueled by Kenya’s status as a transit country for the illegal transportation and subsequent exportation of the illegal products. Despite the advancements made in improving the legal framework relating to the protection of wildlife resources, the conservation and management of these resourses is still at risk. This talk brings together both scholars and practitioners that are passionated in the future of the conservation of these vital resources. The discussion seeks to provide relevant insight on the current situation on the ground and the way forward with regards to wildlife crimes in Africa.
Natasha Dolezal, J.D., directs the International Animal Law program at the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS), including the Animal Law LL.M. program – the world’s first and only advanced legal degree in animal law.
Ms. Dolezal is also the director of the Kenya Legal Project which focuses on assisting Kenyan lawyers and wildlife professionals in their efforts to enhance and enforce legal protections for animals. The first program occurred in 2014 in Kenya where Ms. Dolezal was a trainer.
Originally trained as a biologist, Ms. Dolezal’s interest in animal law began while studying wildlife management and conservation in Kenya and performing conservation genetics research on various species of birds. She currently speaks widely to international audiences about animal legal education and animal law issues in Kenya.
Jim Karani is the current Legal Affairs Manager at WildlifeDirect (Kenya). He advises on Environmental Law, Animal Law and Criminal Law. He is also Africa’s first animal law attorney specializing in Wildlife Law with an advanced Master’s Degree from Northwestern University – Lewis and Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon.
Ms. Pamela Frasch is Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS). CALS is an academic animal law program with a focus on research, scholarship, and experiential education.