Program News

11/5/18:  Read the Harvard Gazette’s latest feature on the Animal Law & Policy Program.  It highlights our Wildlife Law course and Lecturer on Law Jonathan Lovvorn––explaining the intersectional impacts of many animal protection issues and the various means by which the Animal Law & Policy Program seeks to address them.

Harvard Gazette :
Raising the Profile of Animal Law to Match the Stakes

5/31/18:  The Animal Law & Policy Program has released its first formal policy publication, authored by our Legislative Policy Fellow, Ann Linder, with research assistance from several HLS students.

The report analyzes the potential consequences of H.R. 4879, the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act of 2018” also known as the “King Amendment.”  It further compiles an Index of roughly 3,230 state and local laws and regulations that may be impacted by the pending legislation.  You can download the full report here.

Our report already has been referenced in House Congressional hearings on the U.S. Farm Bill and by the following media articles :

The Hill – 5/14/18 :
Don’t Let the Farm Bill Overrule State Food Laws

Huffington Post – 5/17/2018 :
The Farm Bill Could Be A Huge Blow To Animals
An amendment threatens farm animal protections, food safety laws and rules on invasive species.

Washington Post – 5/18/18 :
6 Things to Watch in the House Farm Bill, from Food-Stamp Work Requirements to School Lunch

USA Today – 5/21/18 :
Needlessly Killing Kittens and the ‘Horrible Hundred’

LA Times – 7/7/18 :
The Farm Bill Doesn’t Need an Amendment that Helps Let Chickens Be Treated Cruelly

4/13/18:  Read students recount their experiences in Harvard Law Today’s feature on our 2018 ALPP/SALDF Student Animal Law Trip to D.C.

Harvard Law Today :
Third Annual Student Animal Law Trip to Washington D.C.


3/13/18:  Read Harvard Law Today’s great coverage of our 2018 Harvard Animal Law Week.

Harvard Law Today :
Fourth annual Animal Law Week held at HLS



3/1/18:  Listen to the Animal Law & Policy Program’s Faculty Director Kristen Stilt, Executive Director Chris Green, and Policy Director Jonathan Lovvorn give a thorough discussion of the growth and mission of the Program on The Animal Law Podcast



2/27/18:  Read the Boston Globe’s coverage of David Carter’s lecture on “Oppression in the Food System” as part of our 4th Annual Harvard Animal Law Week.

The Boston Globe :
‘300-pound vegan’ David Carter to talk healthy eating, food deserts at Harvard



10/27/17:  Watch video of ALPP’s panel on The Death of Factory Farming at October’s HLS in the World bicentennial event.




Jonathan Lovvorn portrait

9/15/17:  Read Harvard Law Today‘s article on the appointment of Jonathan Lovvorn as the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program’s first Policy Director.





9/19/17:  Come join us for the inaugural Animal Law & Policy Program Open House.  Great chance to meet our team of Faculty, Staff & Fellows and learn about all we have planned for the upcoming academic year.





6/2/17:  NPR mentions the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program in this report about Connecticut becoming the first state to provide animals with court-appointed advocates in abuse and cruelty cases.

National Public Radio :
In A First, Connecticut’s Animals Get Advocates In The Courtroom



Harvard Gazette –– Winslow Farm Sanctuary11/2/16:  Read the Harvard Gazette’s feature on the HLS Animal Law & Policy Program discussing our work and highlighting a generous new gift.  It also includes a supportive quote from Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow addressing farmed animal welfare, as well as one from Harvard University President Drew Faust underscoring the importance of our work on improving animal welfare.

Harvard Gazette :
Putting His Money Where His Mouth Is:  Animal-welfare advocate finds partner in growing Law School program

awaat50-poster-sample-1-v4-font-changes-wo-register8/24/16: Registration Opens for the Conference on The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty

The federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. The most comprehensive federal animal protection law, the AWA regulates more than one million animals at more than 15,000 locations across the United States. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Act, this conference will convene scholars, government officials, representatives from non-governmental organizations, and others to assess the first fifty years of the AWA and consider recommendations for the future. Click here for more details.

Space is limited, so please make sure to register early to ensure your spot!

Alice Lee HLT5/20/16:  Graduating LL.M. student Alice Lee profiled in Harvard Law Today, discussing her decision to study Animal Law at Harvard: “After two years practicing corporate law in Taiwan following her undergraduate dual degrees in law and biology, she decided that it was time to finally pursue her dream: work to protect animals and the environment.”

Harvard Law Today :
From Practicing Corporate Law to Making the Case for Dolphins: Alice Lee’s Journey


HLS Landing Page Square3/10/16:  Harvard’s Animal Law Week is celebrated in Harvard Law Today, with the Animal Law & Policy Program further showcased on the front page of the Harvard Law School website.

Harvard Law Today :
Focusing on Law and the Treatment of Animals


Harv Mag Cover Cropped2/19/16:  The Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program is featured in the latest March / April issue of Harvard Magazine. The article provides an in-depth look at the broader field of Animal Law, highlighting the Program we are building here at Harvard Law School.

Harvard Magazine :
Are Animals “Things?” The law evolves


KS HLT Photo9/8/15:  Harvard Law Today published the following interview with Professor Kristen Stilt, Faculty Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program, in which she discusses future plans for the Program and how its work relates to her own scholarship.

Harvard Law Today :
Kristen Stilt on the Intersection of Animals, Law, and Religion