JUSTICE FOR WILDLIFE MALAYSIA
Conserving Wildlife by Bridging Law and Conservation Science
Aimed to protect and conserve wildlife in Malaysia through legal means, Justice for Wildlife Malaysia (also known as JWM) promotes legal literacy among wildlife conservation fraternities. JWM look into current legislation to identify gaps, while constantly engaging with the prosecutors of wildlife-related cases to further enhance the investigation methods and improve prosecutorial paperwork. Combining conservation science and the law together for policymaking-related work, JWM also conducts immersive awareness campaigns on the other end of the pipeline with the judiciary for a better-targeted approach in sensitising judges of wildlife crime and its detrimental effects.
This initiative is a spin-off of Justice for Silent Victims (J4SV) program by Panthera and co-organized by Rimba. Since the inception of J4SV in 2016, this initiative has grown bigger and eventually presented a new opportunity to become a full-fledged independent project. The team is led by Dr Nor Arlina Amirah Ahmad Ghani (Ann), counselled by JWM in-house legal advisor, Dato’ Ahmad Rosli Mohd Sham with Rimba as the main conservation partner.
Justice for Wildlife Malaysia is a registered non-profit social enterprise entity under JFW Solutions Malaysia (202003163091).
JWM offers trial advocacy training for prosecution officers across government agencies (Perhilitan and other protected area agencies) that includes mock trial sessions, case dissection, and paperwork discussion among prosecutorial and judicial officers.
OUTREACH AND AWARENESS
JWM conducts targeted outreach programs on wildlife crimes, along with awareness seminar for judges and judiciary officers. These programs cover a wide array of issues and challenges in investigating and prosecuting wildlife-related cases in court. A crucial element JWM incorporated in these programs is crime scene re-enactment that can be reviewed during workshop sessions.
JWM keeps track of wildlife-related court cases (either ongoing or solved) to gauge the effectiveness of the workshops conducted and to find gaps in the legislation. Our current endeavour is creating a baseline for wildlife crime cases in Peninsular Malaysia to gain more insight on the prosecutorial and judicial resources dedicated to curbing wildlife crime in Peninsular Malaysia.
DWNP Prosecution Workshop, August 2019