Pauline Verheij, Program Manager, Wildlife Crime

Pauline Verheij

Program Manager, Wildlife Crime

An environmental lawyer with a passion for fighting injustice against wildlife, Pauline has worked to combat environmental and wildlife crime in consecutive positions in the public, non-profit and private sector since 2000: as a legal advisor with the Serious Environmental Crime Unit of the Dutch police, a policy advisor on wildlife crime with the Dutch public prosecutors’ office and as tiger trade programme manager with TRAFFIC International, based in Malaysia. Between 2012 and 2015 she ran her own consultancy EcoJust where she advised international NGOs and intergovernmental organisations on wildlife crime issues. In that capacity she was involved in the design and establishment of the Wildlife Justice Commission based in The Hague, where she was subsequently employed as their Senior Legal Investigator. Pauline has experience working in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. She is featured in the Al Jazeera documentary The Poacher’s Pipeline.  

Pauline joined IFAW in 2018 to support the management of IFAW’s wildlife crime program and help expand it to new geographical and thematic areas. She brings expertise in the field of researching, investigating and analyzing the illegal trade in parts and products of tigers, jaguars, elephants and rhinos as well as other, less iconic wildlife species.


  • EcoJust, Independent Consultant
  • Wildlife Justice Commission, Senior Legal Investigator
  • TRAFFIC, Tiger Trade Programme Manager
  • Dutch Public Prosecutors Office, Senior specialist policy advisor for wildlife crime
  • Dutch National Police Corps, Serious Environmental Crime Unit, Legal advisor
  • Dutch Ministry of Environment, Legal advisor
  • KPMG Environmental Consulting, Consultant


University of Amsterdam, Master of Laws (LL.M). Specialisation Environmental Law.


  • “Black Business: Illegal rhino horn trade dynamics in Nhi Khe, Vietnam from a criminal perspective. A case study.” UNODC Magazine Perspectives. (In Press).
  • “Hva foregår I vår bakgård? Ulovlig handel med ville dyr I Europa” (What happens in our backyard? Illegal wildlife trade in Europe). Miljøkrim, December 3, 2013.
  • “Reducing demand for endangered wildlife: getting the message right”, Verheij, P.M.. TRAFFIC Bulletin, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2012, Cambridge UK.
  • “Wildlife consumption and consumers in Asia”, with a focus on Vietnam and China. A background paper for the Creative experts’ meeting on messaging to reduce consumer demand for tigers and other endangered wildlife species. Hong Kong 22‐23 November 2011”. Engel, K. and Verheij, P.M. (Unpublished).
  • “Developments in the struggle against the illegal Tiger trade”, Verheij, P.M., Engel, K. and Foley, K.E., TRAFFIC Bulletin Vol. 23, April 2011. Cambridge UK.
  • “Eliminating illicit demand for Tiger parts and products in China”, Nowell, K, Compton, J.C., Verheij, P.M. (2011). TRAFFIC, Cambridge, UK. (Unpublished).
  • “Reduced to Skin and Bones. An Analysis of Tiger seizures from 11 Tiger range countries (2000 2010)”, Verheij, P.M., Foley, K.E. and Engel, K. (2010). TRAFFIC, Cambridge, UK.