Regulating International Trade in Endangered Species — Transhipments of Cites-Listed Species via Singapore

[2016] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 277–306

30 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2016

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Burton Ong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Lin Heng Lye

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Joseph Chun

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law; Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

A Singapore District Court recently considered certain key provisions of the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act, before acquitting a local trading company charged with importing approximately 30,000 rosewood logs into Singapore. This article examines the decision, and argues for a purposive construction of these provisions that furthers Singapore’s implementation of its obligations as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. This is particularly pertinent considering Singapore’s role as a significant transhipment hub for endangered species in combating the illegal wildlife trade. The article also argues for greater international cooperation and coordination between CITES Parties in the design and implementation of their respective national legal frameworks.

Suggested Citation

Ong, Burton and Lye, Lin Heng and Chun, Joseph, Regulating International Trade in Endangered Species — Transhipments of Cites-Listed Species via Singapore (September 2016). [2016] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 277–306, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2842118

Burton Ong

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Eu Tong Sen Building
Singapore, 259776
Singapore

Lin Heng Lye

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

469G Bukit Timah Road
Eu Tong Sen Building
Singapore, 259776
Singapore

Joseph Chun (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Eu Tong Sen Building
Singapore, 259776
Singapore
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