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American University Washington College of Law    
  Jan 21, 2018
2017-2018 Catalog

LAW - 795AN Animal and Wildlife Law

(3 hrs.)

Animal law and wildlife law are unique in that they focus on how the law applies to living beings other than humans.  Both of these fields of law are dynamic and continue to grow as lawyers attempt to find new ways to further extend legal rights to non-human beings.  While these two areas of law contain some overlap, such as challenges in demonstrating legal standing, there are significant differences in scope of these two fields.  Accordingly this course will be taught in two parts.  In the animal law part, animal welfare, torts, first amendment issues, animals used in commercial settings, criminal law, and property law are some of the issues that will be discussed. In the wildlife law part, endangered species, marine mammals, fisheries, and state versus federal control of wildlife are among the issues that will be discussed. This course will encourage students to creatively apply existing legal doctrine and to craft new legal approaches to these rapidly growing fields of law.