The field of animal law has grown rapidly and extensively in recent decades. Examples of animal law in practice that immediately come to mind may be limited: the enactment of anti-cruelty statutes, or the protection of endangered species. But animal law cannot be neatly delineated as its own legal niche. Animal rights advocates have propelled the boundaries of animal law to intersect with most traditional fields of the law: constitutional, criminal, tort, environmental, business, family, consumer protection, entertainment.
Still, animal law is often treated locally and domestically. A Wild Approach will assemble an international group of scholars, practitioners, and activists to explore the advantages, strategies, and complications of implementing a global framework for animal welfare.
A conversation on different pedagogical approaches to teaching animal law, both domestically and internationally, including teaching methods that incorporate political and ethical considerations: How do approaches toward animal law differ in the traditional seminar versus the clinical setting? How can the classroom incorporate diverging cultural perspectives while advancing animal rights?
A comparative analysis of wildlife laws around the globe, focusing on law enforcement frameworks in wildlife protection laws both in the United States and internationally. Panelists will assess how these frameworks may be improved for the purpose of protecting animals, and identify principle lessons in developing animal welfare laws with a global focus.
Can consumers demand a global, cruelty-free food supply? How do we create standards of treatment that are sustainable and humane, while also balancing the varied interests that arise domestically and internationally in modern food systems? Panelists will respond to these questions by addressing specific methods and models, such as the persistence of the “cheaper food paradigm,” repercussions of the U.S. rejoining the Paris Agreement, and the impact of the rise of organic farming on imports from the U.S. and other countries.
- Dr. Helen Harwatt, Food & Climate Policy Fellow, Harvard Law School
- Delcianna Winders, Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
- Martin Holle, Professor of Food Law and Administrative Law, Hamburg University of Applied Science, Germany
- Moderator: Mathilde Cohen, Professor of Law, UConn School of Law
A critical look at how we serve the particular needs of coastal and marine wildlife through international and domestic law and policy. Panelists will discuss the efficacy of legislative initiatives such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.