Microgrants & Projects
Supporting Animal Advocates
Our educational outreach and support efforts develop the field of animal law and education outside the U.S. In furtherance of this goal, we provide financial and other support to individuals and organizations. Learn more about the projects we have funded below. International advocates seeking assistance on a similar or innovative project should familiarize themselves with the policy statement on our Microgrant Request Form.
Previously Supported Projects
1st China Animal Law Forum - July 2019, Beijing China
The 1st China Animal Law Forum, co-sponsored by CALS in collaboration with Humane Society International, featured presentations by one of our LLM graduates, Tony Gerrans (’19) and Professor Joyce Tischler. The forum was the first of its kind to focus on animal law and included and a mock trial competition for the law students in attendance.
3rd Train the Trainer Program - June 2019, Zimbabwe
The third training organized by the Zimbabwean nonprofit, Speak Out for Animals (SOFA), was held in Harare, Zimbabwe earlier this month. The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) was the principal sponsor of the trainings and Natasha Dolezal, director of the International Animal Law Program, represented CALS and spoke about animal law in the United States. Additionally, Natasha collaborated with Ever Vimbai Chinoda (Lewis & Clark Law School ’17 LL.M. and SOFA Founder) to secure the participation of Ed Newcomer, Senior Special Agent for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Special Agent Newcomer serves as the Wildlife Law Enforcement Attaché and senior USFWS representative in Southern Africa. The training was the first to focus on prosecutions with ten prosecutors participating from throughout the country.
Speak Out for Animals
Train the Trainer Program - July 2017, Zimbabwe
“SOFA conducts introductory training in Animal Law to law students, graduates or lawyers interested in the field. Selected participants are awarded certificates. As a follow-up, SOFA conducts an in-depth training to equip the participants with the necessary legal knowledge so as to enable them to advocate for animal protection and welfare. SOFA aims to be influential in establishing a network of lawyers who appreciate; and are dedicated to the practice of animal law. The first animal law training workshop was conducted in 2017. 10 lawyers were awarded certificates after completion of the training. The training was themed “Train the trainer”, the trained lawyers are already training communities and university students on the importance of animal laws and animal conservation. This year the organization will host its second animal law training from the 28th of May 2018 - to the 1st of June 2018.”
Global Animal Law Conference III - May 2018, Hong Kong