Why animal law?
Because animals matter. Animals are integral to every aspect of human society, whether they are recognized for their intrinsic worth, their role as companions, or the value they bring to the environment and the world economy.
Because animal law attorneys can change the world. Attorneys interested in animal law have numerous opportunities to incorporate the field into their own practices. State, federal, local, and international laws all contain provisions regulating or impacting animals.
Because animal law is an exciting and rapidly expanding field of law. Animal law overlaps with many traditional areas of the law such as torts, criminal, wills & trusts, constitutional, and property law. Animal law is rooted in the practical application of statutes, regulations, and case law, but the field also explores legal theory, philosophy, and jurisprudence. In animal law we ask fundamental questions about the nature of a legal right or interest, how laws create or entrench power imbalances, and how those imbalances impact animals.
Lewis & Clark’s Center for Animal Law Studies co-hosts the 25th Animal Law Conference Oct 13 - 15, a premier national gathering for this emerging field.
Congratulations to CALS Professor Kathy Hessler, whose Introduction in the most recent issue of Animal Law was named by the SSRN as one of its top-ten most popular downloads in each of the areas of: Human-Animal Studies, Animal Law eJournal, and Other Political Anthropology!
Animal Law Review is pleased to announce the release of Animal Law Volume 23.2, the journal’s largest-ever single Issue!