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  • With the tremendous growth in animal law, protection, and education, it can be easy to forget that this movement is still relatively new. Recently, Professor of Practice Joyce Tischler sat down with Kim Stallwood, animal rights activist, author and independent scholar from Britain, to celebrate the exciting news that the Kim Stallwood Archive of research documenting the history of the animal rights movement is becoming part of the British Library’s permanent holdings this fall. Enjoy this conversation between Joyce and Kim!
  • The Slow Loris monkey is one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates.
    The Preventing Future Pandemics Act of 2020—a bi-partisan proposal—has taken a significant first step in addressing our dysfunctional relationship with wildlife and nature. In this blog, Erica Lyman, Clinical Professor and Director of our Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment, and Senior Staff Attorney Nick Fromherz, make the case for why this bill is necessary and deserves passage into law.
  • Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy is stepping into a new role as the Global Animal Law and Advanced Degree Program Director for the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, after serving as the Animal Law LLM Program Director since 2018.


  • Annually since 1983, October 2nd is recognized as an international day of observance for farmed animals. At the Center for Animal Law Studies, we’re proud to be at the forefront of farmed animal advocacy every day of the year through our cutting-edge Animal Law Litigation Clinic—the world’s first and only legal clinic devoted to advancing protections for farmed animals. 

  • Earlier this month, professionals and practitioners came together at the 4th Annual Africa Animal Welfare Conference to discuss issues that cut across animal welfare, wildlife and environmental conservation. In this blog, Animal Law LLM (’16) Jim Karani provides an overview of the conference and the presentations by Clinical Professors Erica Lyman and Delcianna Winders.
  • The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and the #1 ranked Environmental Law Program at Lewis & Clark Law School have created the Global Law Alliance for Animals and the Environment (Global Law Alliance) as champions for wild animals and wild spaces across the globe. The Global Law Alliance works to protect animals and the environment through the development, implementation, and enforcement of international law.
  • What is the connection between the commercial fishing industry and other forms of industrial animal agriculture? In this blog, Professor Nicholas Fromherz examines the role of Peru’s anchovy industry in propping up destructive and inefficient aquaculture and livestock operations worldwide.
  • Imagine if India’s Supreme Court were to formally declare the country’s entire animal kingdom as legal persons under the law and to require all citizens to stand as their legal guardians to protect them from cruelty and promote their welfare. Litigation pending in India seeks that outcome. In this blog, Professor Rajesh K. Reddy examines this ambitious request and why it holds the promise to effect real change for animals and further set India apart as a world leader in animal law.
  • Despite widely held beliefs that fish and other aquatic animals do not feel pain, are unintelligent or not sentient, this is simply not the case. Aquatic animals have historically received less consideration and attention than other animals. However, the tide is slowly turning. In this blog, Professor Kathy Hessler and Fellow, Amy P. Wilson, of our Aquatic Animal Law Initiative, share their insights as to why aquatic animals are wrongly disregarded.
  • The Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School has launched the Animal Law Legacy Program—an opportunity for charitable giving designed to sustain the future of our work educating the next generation of lawyers to advance animal protection across the globe.