Animals and the Law Seminar

This seminar will explore historical, existing, and evolving law and policy relating to the legal relationship between people and nonhuman animals. The animal issues addressed will span a wide range of legal territory, including torts, property, family law, estates and trusts, and criminal law. The seminar will also include discussions of ethical principles and scientific knowledge that inform many of the ongoing changes in animal law. Specific topics to be explored will include animal welfare versus animal rights; the property status of animals; regulation of farming practices; damages for harm to companion animals; animal custody disputes (including lost and found animals); enhancement of anti-cruelty laws; legislative recognition of the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty; health care decision-making for animals and the duty to provide veterinary care; estate planning and enforceable trusts for the care of animals; reasonable accommodations for service and emotional support animals; and legal and policy implications of emerging data on the Human-Animal Bond.

Students will be required to complete a substantial research paper on an emerging topic in animal law, which may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. Students will also be required to present their papers to the class and to contribute to in-class and on-line discussions.

This course is not currently scheduled.
Last offered Spring 2017.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course