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18th International Wildlife Law Conference 18-19-(20) April 2018

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The 18th International Wildlife Law Conference will be held on 18 and 19 April 2018 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The conference is being organized by Tilburg University’s Department of European and International Public Law in partnership with the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy of Stetson University College of Law. It brings together a variety of professionals involved in wildlife conservation, including lawyers, policymakers and scientists; and student participation is strongly encouraged.

This event welcomes not only law professionals/students with an interest in wildlife, but also wildlife professionals/students with an interest in law. The two keynote speakers reflect this broad, multidisciplinary remit: Michael Bowman (Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham’s School of Law) and David Macdonald (founder and Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford).

The conference will include presentations on a range of legal and policy frameworks for achieving transboundary conservation, including, inter alia, the various global and regional wildlife treaties and the European Union’s Nature Directives. (See the preliminary program for details.)

Registration for the conference is now open, until 8 April 2018. To secure your participation in the conference, please complete and submit the registration form. The venue’s capacity is limited, so the sooner you register, the more likely it is that you will secure a place. Thanks to the generous support of Tilburg Law School, no fee will be charged for participation in the conference as such. However, as explained below, fees will be charged for participation in the additional events surrounding the conference.

A conference dinner will take place on the evening of 18 April, in Tilburg University’s nicely located Faculty Club, and will consist of a tasty and ‘low-wildlife-footprint’ walking dinner. The cost of participation in the conference dinner is 45 euros per person.

An optional post-conference field trip to National Park ‘De Biesbosch’ will be held on 20 April, in partnership with Staatsbosbeheer. A typical Dutch wetland, the Biesbosch is the scene of successful habitat restoration projects, and beaver, osprey and white-tailed eagle have recently returned as reproducing species. The area will be explored on foot as well as by boat, and the field trip also includes a visit to the state-of-the-art Biesbosch Museum Island. Participants will depart from Tilburg by bus at 09h00 and be back in Tilburg at approximately 16h00, or can alternatively get off the bus at Dordrecht train station at approximately 15h00 (which may be convenient for those traveling to Schiphol Airport or other destinations). The cost of participating is, again, 45 euros per person, which includes lunch.  Places on the field trip are limited (and subject to a lower maximum than the conference itself).


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