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Center for Animal Law Studies

Kenya Legal Project

March 12, 2014

Kathy Hessler, J.D., LL.M., & Natasha Dolezal, J.D.
3 credits
Monday, May 12 - Friday, May 30, 2014
Location: Lewis & Clark Law School & Kenya
*first time class!
Application Required


Students will study first hand the implications of wildlife and cruelty laws in Kenya, and assist Kenyan lawyers and wildlife professionals in their efforts to enhance and enforce legal protections for animals.

The course will provide both classroom learning and fieldwork (in Kenya) to address creative problem solving to multifaceted legal issues. The course will expose students to the complexity of wildlife and animal cruelty legal issues when constrained by biodiversity conservation efforts, traditional values and culture, resource scarcity, ecotourism goals, institutional infrastructure limitations, poaching, and human-animal conflicts. The focus will be on U.S. and Kenyan law.

The course will be open to both J.D. and LL.M. students with two days of classroom instruction at Lewis & Clark, followed by twelve days of experiential learning in Kenya. During the first two days, the course will focus on legal issues applying to cruelty and wildlife laws in Kenya and the legal structure and framework that inform welfare and conservation efforts.

During the field-based portion of the course in Kenya, students may meet with enforcement officials, legislative staff, legal professionals, community members, students, veterinary professionals, as well as governmental and NGO officials who will address the political, socio-economic and cultural factors affecting wildlife and animal cruelty legal issues.