Happy the elephant strolls inside the zoo's Asia Habitat in New York on Oct. 2, 2018. New York's top court on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, rejected an effort to free Happy the elephant from the Bronx Zoo, ruling that she does not meet the definition of "person" who is being illegally confined.

July 07, 2022 Professor Kristen Stilt talks to Harvard Law Today about the campaign to release Happy the elephant from the Bronx Zoo

‘The court simply refused to extend to Happy the elephant the opportunity to prove, through her lawyers, that she deserves her freedom’

March 30, 2022 Watch Videos from Harvard’s Eighth Annual Animal Law Week

Recordings are now available from Harvard's eighth annual Animal Law Week 2022, ranging from animal personhood, rights of nature, and how HLS graduates can impact animal law and policy.

December 13, 2021 , Ecuador’s Constitutional Court Urged to Recognize Animals As Rightsholders

For immediate release: 13 December, 2021

Brooks McCormick Jr., a lifelong animal lover, philanthropist, and founding benefactor of the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy, who passed away in 2015. Pictured with five of his companion animals.

November 10, 2021 $10 million endowment established for the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program

Harvard Law School today announced the establishment of a $10 million endowment for the Animal Law & Policy Program, thanks to a gift from the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy.

May 20, 2021 , So why did you love ‘My Octopus Teacher’?

The Harvard Gazette today shares highlights from a lively discussion on the surprising appeal of the Academy Award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher, which was moderated by Animal Law & Policy Program Faculty Director Professor Kristen Stilt.