Coronavirus Information and Update: Fall 2021 Plans

Aquatic Animal Law

Aquatic Animal Law - Professor Kathy Hessler

  • Course Number: LAW-927
  • Course Type: Highly Specialized
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: The Aquatic Animal Law course is a two-week online summer course. It will present an overview of the laws and regulations affecting aquatic animals as well as analysis of areas needing regulation. The course will consider federal law (including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Animal Welfare Act, Endangered Species Act) as well as state anti-cruelty laws and some local ordinances (including those related to zoning, breeding, transportation, and display). It will also include examination of the scientific underpinnings of legal decision-making with regard to aquatic species. The course will look at the application of law, or lack thereof, in contexts including: agriculture, research, entertainment, and companion animals. The course will also briefly review some international laws and treaties.


    As an online offering, the course will consist of a combination of pre-recorded lectures, live real-time lectures, in-class assignments and discussion.

  • Prerequisite: It is preferred, but not required, that students have already taken Animal Law Fundamentals.
  • Evaluation Method: Students will be graded based on participation, papers, and exercises.
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: The course may fulfill the WIE requirement (must get pre-approval from professor)