Justice for Wildlife Publications


Space For Giants – Mock Courtroom Scenarios

This video which aired on NTV Wild Talk in Kenya showcases four mock courtroom scenarios highlighting the judicial processes and obstacles faced with wildlife crime prosecutions. Shamini Jayanathan set up the courtroom for the Giants Club Summit at Space For Giants in Nanyiki, Kenya.

NTV Wild Talk S4 E12: Wildlife Crime & Forensics

In this Smriti Vidyarthi explores Kenya’s only wildlife forensics lab and finds out how forensic work helps in fight against wildlife crime. This video starts at 24min and 33 seconds when she meets Shamini Jayanathan who explains her role in training KWS prosecutors.


Stopping Poaching and wildlife trafficking

In furtherance of the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI) this report was commissioned by Stop Ivory and the ICCF Group to provide a ‘snapshot’ of ongoing criminal justice interventions across EPI countries in Africa and to make recommendations for criminal justice interventions of which there are twenty. Written in early 2016, Stop Ivory, the ICCF Group and Space for Giants are already supporting implementation of those recommendations where appetite exists.

Kenya Wildlife Crimes Case Digest 2016

This represents a joint effort between Space for Giants, UNODC, AWF, Wildlife Direct and other NGOs together with Kenya Wildlife Service  and the national prosecution service to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for recent case law. The 2013 Wildlife Conservation and Management Act raised a number of issues due to some drafting oversights. This digest enables prosecutors to dip into case law in order to advance arguments over existing grey areas in the legislation.

Model Sentencing Guidelines for Wildlife and Forestry Crime
This sets out some proposed provisions to capture essential domestic criminal offences, building on the CITES model law already developed for international trafficking.
Guidance for the Prosecution Services on the Decision to Charge

This guidance outlines the basic principles that should apply to the decision to charge and headlines areas that may be desirable when designing a prosecution code of conduct and determining competencies for performance management.  Setting such standards is essential in creating a professionalised service.

Guidance on Drafting Wildlife Crime Offences
Inconsistent and disproportionate sentencing undermines the best efforts in law enforcement and prosecution. This guidance identifies the steps that might be included in creating national sentencing guidelines. Such guidelines should ideally be based on a legislative footing to ensure that they bind judges and magistrates.
Conducting Court Surveys on the Handling of Wildlife Crime

Having designed similar work for an NGO in Kenya in 2013, this builds on lessons learned and offers advice on how to navigate the issue of judicial buy in, communications, prosecutorial support and more.


Analysis of Prosecutions of Ivory, Rhino Horn and Sandalwood Crime in North Central Kenya – A Case Study

Guidance For Drafting Protocos For Eyewitness ID Evidence_small

Guidance For Drafting Protocols For Eyewitness Identification Evidence