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Law and Wildlife

Law and Wildlife envisions a conservation community that is able to use different aspects of law to better preserve and restore wildlife on our planet.

Presence in: Belgium
Focus: Environmental Justice

At Law and Wildlife, we

Take a holistic legal approach to conservation problems. We believe law can help us reconciliate with nature and enable healing of wild life and places.

Think globally and act locally. We take a comprehensive approach when using law, drawing from different legal fields and applying those to the unique circumstances of each case.

Collaborate with field and policy experts. We hope to make a difference at a local or species level as well as in the conservation field as a whole. ​​
We firmly believe that understanding and using law is a necessary way of addressing conservation issues. However, to identify legal gaps and alternative legal pathways it is imperative to understand what conservation challenges exist. To use law effectively for conservation, our work aims at closing the gap between legal and conservation disciplines. We aim to provide a common language for lawyers and conservation specialists.

Most conservation organisations lack a budget for legal issues. The legal tools that we develop will be made freely available, when possible. For customized needs, we strive to provide affordable/no cost legal assistance with the help of external funders.

People Associated With This Organization

Maribel Rodriguez

Belgium  
Law and Wildlife
Joined May 2022
Interests: Environmental Justice
Environmental lawyer with 15 years of experience in EU, comparative and international law. The implementation and enforcement of environmental laws has been at the core of my professional career which has taken me from academia (Academy of European Law) to NGOs (ClientEarth) to international organizations (Secretariat of the Bern Convention). The latest years have been devoted to wildlife trade through the comparative analysis of international and domestics laws addressing IWT.

For years I have been assisting conservation NGOs with their legal issues, usually pro bono. Recently my partner and I have created an organisation to structure this legal support, legal capacity building in conservation laws and try to provide our assistance for free or at a lower cost: Law and Wildlife. Among others, we contribute to finding legal pathways to help conservationists achieve their goals. We are currently providing legal support to Conservation Litigation.
I see our goal of providing legal assistance could be promoted and strengthen by joining the network. Thank you for considering my membership.
Maribel Rodriguez is the network champion (main point of contact) for Law and Wildlife.

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