2002 Founders' Celebration Events

The Seventh International Wildlife Law Conference The Convention on Biological Diversity: A Ten Year Report Card

March 30, 2002

Sponsored by

  • American Society of International Law
  • Wildlife Interest Group
  • Environmental Law Program
  • Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy
  • Center for International Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Tropical Conservancy
  • Michigan State University- Detroit College of Law
  • International Environmental Law Committee
  • Section on International Law and Practice: ABA

The International Wildlife Law Conference is an annual event hosted by the Environmental Law Program in cooperation with the Wildlife Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and the Center for International Environmental Law that brings together a group of participants that is both geographically and professionally diverse. Lawyers, government officials, academics, and scientist are drawn from throughout the world in an ongoing colloquy about the role of international law and legal institutions in furthering the goal of species conservation and protection of the Earth's biological diversity. This year's conference looked back at the first ten years of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Panels and lecturers discussed regional and national implementation of the CBD over the past decade and offered suggestions for improvement in the future.

8:00-9:00 AM
Registration and Coffee

9:15-10:45 AM
Panel One
Implementation of the CBD in Africa
Chair: Dr. Paul F. Steinberg, Visiting Scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC

  • Dr. Loretta Feris, International Legal Studies Program, Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC, An African Model for Biodiversity Protection: Can We Make It Work?

  • Kevin R. Gray, Fellow in International Law and Human Rights, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, UK, Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Africa

  • Michael Kidd, School of Law, University of Natal, South Africa, The Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in South Africa

10:30-11:30 AM
Panel Two
Regional & National Implementation of the CBD: Europe and Southeast Asia
Chair: William P. Weiner, Professor of Law & Director of International Law Programs, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI

  • Jonathan Verschuuren, Faculty of Law, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands, Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Europe: 10 Years of Experience with the Habitats Directive

  • Todd Sigaty, President of International Natural Resources Legal Program, a project of Village Focus International, Portland, Oregon, Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Southeast Asia, With a Focus on Cambodia and Lao PDR

11:30-12:30 PM
Lunch
Sponsored by the Environmental Law Society

12:30-2:00 PM
Panel Three
Special Issues in Implementation of the Convention on Biological diversity
Chair: Howard S. Schiffman, Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York, New York

  • Richard Mayden, Department of Biology, St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri, Sturgeon Biodiversity, Genetic Tools and Forensic Identification: Are We Identifying Correct Components of Biological Diversity for International Caviar Trade?

  • Anna George, Department of Biology, St. Louis University, St. Louis Missouri, An Omission in Article 2 of the Convention on Biological Diversity: Why Species Concepts are Critical for Global Conservation Efforts

  • Thomas Higdon, Center for International Environmental Law/Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC, Environmental Assessment Policies under the Convention on Biological Diversity

2:00-2:40 PM
Guest Speaker
Dragan Nastic, Head of Legal Affairs, World Society for the Protection of Animals, London, UK, The Asian Trade in Bear Parts

2:45-3:25 PM
Guest Speaker
Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell, Center for Conservation Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California & Rob Parry-Jones, TRAFFIC East Asia, Hong Kong, Status of Current Wildlife Traffic Regulations in China with Respect to Trade in Ivory

3:25-3:45PM
Afternoon Break

3:45-4:25 PM
Guest Speaker
Edmund Couzens, School of Law, University of Natal, South Africa, Different Global Perspectives on Conservation: CITES, the IWC, the Africa Elephant and the Whale

4:30-5:15 PM
Guest Speaker
Mark Giordano, Department of Geology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, The Internationalization of Wildlife and Efforts Toward its Management: A Conceptual Framework and the Historic Record

5:30-6:30 PM
Reception
Sponsored by the Center for International Environmental Law

The Environmental Law Program is an unique poarytership with the Center for Intertnational Environmential Law (CIEL) For more information visit our website at: http://www.wcl.american.edu/environment