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Animal Law in Kenya 912-S1

December 15, 2014

Application process opening soon for summer 2015

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 is open to both J.D. and LL.M. students with two days of classroom instruction at Lewis & Clark, followed by a number 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.


The American Bar Association accreditation standards require students to regularly attend the courses in which they are registered. Lewis & Clark expects students to attend classes regularly and to prepare for classes conscientiously. Specific attendance requirements may vary from course to course. Any attendance guidelines for a given class must be provided to students in a syllabus or other written document at the start of the semester. Sanctions (e.g., required withdrawal from the course, grade adjustment, and/or a failing grade) will be imposed for poor attendance.

For more information:

Professors: Kathy Hessler & Natasha Dolezal
3 credits
Class dates: Late May/Early June, 2015; exact dates TBD
Location: Lewis & Clark Law School & Kenya
Exam: Paper
Application Required (available soon!)
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