Animal Law Seminar
About this Course
The increasingly popular (yet polarizing) area of animal law spans a broad spectrum, as animals play roles in agriculture, research, entertainment, contracts and property disputes, trusts and wills, torts litigation, and criminal law. This seminar focuses on recent case law and statutory developments across the spectrum, with particular emphasis on creative litigation and lobbying strategies used in the pursuit of higher welfare standards. We will study these strategies in the context of both human and non-human animal needs, accounting for constitutional limitations of justifiability, due process, and First Amendment guarantees of free speech and free exercise of religion. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to analyze animal-related legal issues from all sides.