Academics

One immediate goal of the Program is for Harvard law students to have the opportunity to take several, different Animal Law related courses during their three years at the law school. This fall, we are offering HLS’s first course in Wildlife Law, taught by Jonathan Lovvorn, Senior Vice President & Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at The Humane Society of the United States, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown. Mr. Lovvorn has litigated extensively on behalf of animals and the environment, winning dozens of cases under the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws. The Wildlife Law seminar is exploring wildlife law and policy, with a focus on high-profile wildlife conservation disputes, including current controversies surrounding international whaling, captive marine mammals, endangered wolves, and dwindling polar bear populations. The seminar also is examining the history and evolution of wildlife conservation law, and highlighting the major constitutional, ecological, political, and economic issues that shape wildlife resource protection in the 21st century. The Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, even spent an hour addressing seminar students and answering their questions during the final meeting of the Wildlife Law class in December.

This spring, Professor Stilt will be teaching her Animal Law course, which will include attention to comparative and international law as well as religious and cultural issues. Next fall we will be offering a course on Farmed Animal Law & Policy taught by David Wolfson. David taught Animal Law at Harvard in 2003 and has published extensively on the subject––most notably writing Beyond the Law: Agribusiness and the Systemic Abuse of Animals, published in the Animal Law Review, and co-authoring the chapter Foxes In The Hen House;
Animals, Agribusiness and the Law: A Modern American Fable (with Mariann Sullivan) for the book Animal Rights: Current Debates And New Directions, edited by Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum. Mr. Wolfson is a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, and has taught Animal Law at Columbia, & NYU law schools.