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Kenya Legal Project 912-S1

February 05, 2014

Application process closed
(see attached file)

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 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.

CALS received a generous donation to help off-set the costs of the Kenya Legal Project.  These funds are intended to cover airfare, room and board for 8 students (subject to increased costs). Park fees are not included (~$300). Students are responsible for tuition, immunizations, anti-malarial medications and all other travel incidentals.

The Kenya Legal Project was funded in part through the generous support of Dr. Melissa Li.

For more information:

Professors: Kathy Hessler & Natasha Dolezal
3 credits
Class dates: Monday, May 12 - Friday May 30
Location: Lewis & Clark Law School & Kenya
Exam: Paper
Application Required (due March 3, 2014)
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