Green Criminology–Law Interdisciplinarity Towards Multispecies Justice: The Case of Wildlife Trafficking in Vietnam


Green criminology provides a significant opportunity for interdisciplinary engagement to address the many environmental problems of the twenty-first century that are too complex to be solved through a single disciplinary lens. Hall (2014) has called for increased collaboration between green criminologists and legal scholars while also acknowledging that this form of interdisciplinarity is more challenging than for more traditional forms of criminology. This paper adopts Hall’s call as a starting point for a critical exploration of two areas that offer ground for collaboration: positioning analyses of environmental harm within wider regulatory frameworks and considering the ways human and non-human victims interact with ‘the mechanisms of justice’ to exercise ‘environmental rights’ (Hall 2014: 105). We examine these areas drawing on the case of wildlife trafficking in Vietnam. We argue that ‘multispecies justice’ presents a useful framework to progress green criminology–law collaborations in the Vietnamese and other contexts.

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Published: 2022-09-01
Pages:92 to 106
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McEwan, A. and Turley, E. L. (2022) “Green Criminology–Law Interdisciplinarity Towards Multispecies Justice: The Case of Wildlife Trafficking in Vietnam”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 11(3), pp. 92-106. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.1804.

Author Biographies

Central Queensland University

Dr Alexandra McEwan is a Lecturer in Law at Central Queensland University. Alexandra is an interdisciplinary scholar who works across legal scholarship, social theory, and anthropology in her research into humanity’s legal and moral obligations to other species. Her extensive experience in the field of health care, and work as a community empowerment researcher also informs her thinking on ethics, and the law in context. She is currently undertaking research on wildlife protection in Vietnam as part of a CQUniversity new staff research grant, focusing on the douc langur. 

Central Queensland University

Dr Emma Turley is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a Chartered Psychologist. Emma has broad range of interdisciplinary research interests that span criminology and psychology. Emma is a critical psychologist with specialist areas of interest including gender, social justice, inequalities, feminism, and sexualities and has published on a range of topics that reflect these interests.  She is also interested in qualitative research methodologies, especially phenomenology. Emma is a co-editor of the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women & Equalities Review, and editorial advisory board member for British Mensa's Androgyny journal.