Amy P. Wilson is the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow at the Center for Animal Law Studies where she focuses on regulation and legal protection for aquatic animals and assists with the Animal Law Clinic. Amy is first South African attorney to graduate with a Master’s degree in Animal Law (Lewis & Clark Law School ’18). She has been involved in animal protection for a number of years and is a dedicated activist on animal, human, and environmental matters.
Amy is co-founder and director of the first organization dedicated to animal law in South Africa - Animal Law Reform South Africa. She is a trustee of the Humane Education Trust (HET) and works with Ban Animal Trading and other organizations to assist with legal and related matters. She is director and co-founder of the Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations (CAAWO) and Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa (LAPA).
Locally, Amy has worked with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), World Animal Protection (WAP), and Animal Equality (AE), researching and consulting on a broad variety of animal law and animal protection matters.
Amy received her BCOM and LLB law degrees from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. During her studies, she established the first Animal Law student group at her university and received a full scholarship to participate in the Lucerne Academy for Implementation of Human Rights (University of Lucerne in Switzerland’s Summer School). After completing her law degree, she practiced as a corporate attorney for over six years at ENSafrica and worked on animal law related matters on a pro bono basis for game reserves and wildlife and animal protection organizations, among others.
Amy has been published in the international animal law journal, dA. Derecho Animal. Forum of Animal Law Studies and the US publication The Revelator (an initiative of the Center for Biological Diversity). She has presented on several animal law topics to audiences around the world including Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong), Poland (University of Silesia), Kenya (United Nations Environment), England (Oxford University – Oxford Center for Animal Ethics), and conferences in the USA and South Africa.