Amanda Whitfort is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia and a Barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong SAR.
Whitfort specialises in criminal law, environmental law and animal law. She is dedicated to the transfer of academic knowledge to positive law reform and since 2010 she has sat on the legal working party advising the Hong Kong Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department on animal management. In 2015, Whitfort founded an ongoing interdisciplinary project collaborating with the HKU Conservation Forensics Laboratory and the Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Garden to produce species victim impact statements for commonly traded endangered species: https://www.svis.law.hku.hk/. The species victim impact statements are used by enforcement authorities in Hong Kong and greater China to more effectively prosecute wildlife crimes and provide the judiciary in Hong Kong with up-to-date, reliable scientific assessments of the impact of this type of offending to better inform their sentencing decisions.