Global Wild Animal Law

NOTE: This online course is available for LLM and MSL Distance Students only. See the note* below about eligibility for the Online Section for JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs and MSLs .

Global Wild Animal Law - Professor Erica Lyman

  • Course Number: LAW-536
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: This course focuses on the field of wildlife law in the context of the global extinction crisis, looking at the important relationship between international wildlife law and domestic implementation. The course takes a close practical look at a few relevant international treaties not comprehensively covered in this way in other courses and comparatively examines U.S. wildlife law and laws from States reflecting legal norms and principles that differ from the U.S. in order to understand barriers, tensions, and negotiated international outcomes. It also looks at a few of the legal tools available under U.S. law for addressing some of the most pressing international wildlife issues, further highlighting the importance of understanding wildlife protection as a matter of common international concern. Throughout the course, a practical approach is taken to understanding both the limits and potential of the law and care is taken to understand how wild animal advocates might move the needle toward greater protections.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Quizzes, assignments, discussion questions
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no

Notes for LC JDs, MSLs, and residential LLMs and MSLs: *This class is for LLM and MSL Distance students. In-person students may petition the Associate Dean of Students, Libby Davis, and the Animal Law Program Director, Raj Reddy, to take the online version if they have a compelling reason for doing so: and