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Green Criminology

2. Wildlife Crime

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In this lecture, we think about wildlife crime and the illegal trafficking of animals, focusing in particular on: (i) the legal use of animals and the role of wildlife law in regulating the exploitation of animals and in protecting and conserving wildlife; (ii) the global illegal trade in animals and CITES, an international legal treaty relating to the trafficking of endangered species; (iii) the illicit trade in rhinos and pangolins and the involvement of organised crime in wildlife trafficking.


In this course, Dr Angus Nurse (Nottingham Trent University) explores green criminology and crimes against wildlife and the environment. In the first lecture, we introduce some key definitions, concepts and areas of interest within green criminology. In the second lecture, we focus on wildlife crime, illegal animal trafficking, and how the use of animals is legally regulated. In the third lecture, we consider climate change and pollution as areas of criminological interest. Next, we turn to environmental crimes and harms committed by corporations. In the fifth and final lecture, we look at how green crime is policed and whether regular police forces and justice systems are equipped to handle wildlife and environmental crimes.


Dr Angus Nurse is Head of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses on crimes against wildlife and the environment, corporate crime and criminal justice. His recent publications include Wildlife Criminology (2020) (co-authored with Tanya Wyatt), The Citizen and the State: Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties in Conflict (2020) and An Introduction to Green Criminology and Environmental Justice (2016).

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