Blood Ivory: Using Genetic Analysis to Combat African Elephant Poaching Under International Criminal Law

25 Pages Posted: 21 May 2020

Date Written: April 24, 2020

Abstract

As the threat to African elephants in the wild continues to rise due to poaching, human-animal conflict, and habitation loss, the need to find an effective solution to the supply and demand problems inherent in African elephant conservation becomes even more pressing. This paper proposes a potential curb to the supply-side of poaching: using DNA analysis on confiscated African elephant tusks to track ivory poachers and traffickers and hold them accountable under international law, specifically the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Keywords: African elephants, poaching, ivory, genetic analysis

JEL Classification: Q39

Suggested Citation

Koster, Nicole, Blood Ivory: Using Genetic Analysis to Combat African Elephant Poaching Under International Criminal Law (April 24, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3584682 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3584682

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