This course will examine the legal classification of nonhuman animals, the laws that govern their treatment, as well as a number of topics that fall within the general headings "animal law" and "animal rights." Such topics include: the historical and philosophical treatment of animals and how such treatment has impacted the ways in which judges, administrators, politicians, lawyers, law students, legal scholars, and lay people see and speak about animals; how humans interact with, and use, animals; current animal protection laws; recent political campaigns to reform animal protection laws; "standing" and the problems of litigating on behalf of animals; the classification of animals as "property" and whether such classification is appropriate or important; and whether current legal protections for animals are sufficient, or, in the alternative, whether new legal strategies, such as "legal personhood" or fundamental "legal rights" for animals should be pursued. From time to time there will be guest speakers.
Section Offerings for 2012-13
|M. Sullivan||W 4:20 PM-6:10 PM||GRHL 501|
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