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Animal Law in Kenya 912-S1

March 23, 2015

During the course, participants will study first hand the implications of wildlife and cruelty laws in Kenya. 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, eco-tourism goals, institutional infrastructure limitations, poaching, and human-animal conflicts. The focus will be on U.S. and Kenyan law.

The course will consist of classroom instruction, followed by experiential learning in Kenya (we anticipate spending 10-12 days in Kenya). 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 course is available for credit to LL.M. and international students only and is also open to auditors. Pursuant to ABA rules, the course is not currently available for credit to J.D. students.

Anyone seeking to apply should request an application by emailing

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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
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