News and Events

January 2014

Congratulations to Rose Wilkinson (3L) on the publication of her article "Seeing Red: utilizing the IUCN Red List to Save Resources and Endangered Species" in the Global Journal of Animal Law.

August 2013

Professor Joan Schaffner received the "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" from the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section at the ABA Annual meeting in San Francisco California.

An Interview with Professor Joan Schaffner


Upcoming Events

March 24, 2014 | 6-8 pm, SCC
Screening of "Parrot Confidential"

Join GW SALDF for a screening of the new PBS documentary "Parrot Confidential" and a discussion with the film's director Allison Argo.  Dinner will also be served.

  • About the film | "Parrot Confidential" highlights the plight of captive birds both in the U.S. and abroad.  Captive birds are the largest population of captive wildlife in the world.  Yet, most people are surprised to learn that parrots and other exotic birds commonly sold in the pet trade or used for other entertainment purposes do not have specific protections under the federal Animal Welfare Act.  Moreover, birds are often excluded from animal welfare legislation and existing animal cruelty statutes. 

April 2, 2014 | 6 pm, SCC
Please join GW SALDF as we host Matt Dominquez to discuss legislative efforts to suppress free speech using "ag-gag" laws.  An Indian dinner buffet from Aroma will be served for all attendees.

April 9, 2014 | 11 am–2 pm
Pet Study Break

Join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and take a break from studying to visit cats (Stuart Basement) and dogs (SCC) from the Washington Humane Society.

Past Events


Publications, Books & Awards

GW Law Students Successful at 10th Annual National Animal Law Competition

First Place - Legislative Drafting the Lobbying Competition
Ann Porter

Second Place - Appellate Moot Court Competition
Madelin Cohen & Peter Ormerod

"Animal Cruelty and the Law: Permitted Conduct," by Professor Joan Schaffner

As a part of Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Understanding, an anthology that addresses all aspects of animal cruelty, Professor Schaffner’s chapter discusses legally permissible treatment of animals used for food, research and entertainment in institutional settings exempt from the anti-cruelty laws yet arguably in violation of their standards.

Introduction to Animals and the Law, by Professor Joan Schaffner
Throughout history, humans have raised and confined animals for food, clothing and research, trained animals for entertainment, fought animals for sport, bought and sold animals for profit, and lived with animals for companionship. The law under the umbrella of 'animal law' regulates these human uses and interactions with animals. Animal law is extremely diverse, cutting across every substantive area, jurisdictional boundary, and source of legal authority. Although most countries have enacted Animal Welfare Acts and Endangered Species Laws, the law is currently designed primarily to protect the interests of humans as owners of animals, or as users of environmental resources. The animals' inherent interests, if considered, are secondary.

This text surveys the laws allegedly designed to protect animals, identifies the themes that link them, analyzes and critiques them in light of their consideration and protection of animals' interests, and explores characteristics of a future legal system that would adequately protect animals' inherent interests. Full book review

Professor Joan Schaffner receives the 2009 Henry Bergh Leadership Award for unwavering commitment to ending the systematic killing of animals in U.S. shelters. Please see the press release for more information.

Two groundbreaking books on animal law have been recently published by the American Bar Association under the auspices of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Animal Law Committee (the Committee).

Professor Joan Schaffner is co-editor and contributing author of Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (press release) and is the sole editor and contributing author of A Lawyer's Guide to Dangerous Dog Issues (press release).

Professor Schaffner is Publications Vice-Chair and Newsletter Vice-Chair of the Committee and will take over as Chair of the Committee at the ABA annual meeting in Chicago in August 2009. Two new groundbreaking books on animal law have been recently published by the American Bar Association under the auspices of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section's Animal Law Committee (the Committee).

Professor Schaffner is Publications Vice-Chair and Newsletter Vice-Chair of the Committee and will take over as Chair of the Committee at the ABA annual meeting in Chicago in August 2009. Professor Joan Schaffner also recently published an article in the ALC Newletter. Read the article.

 

 


Spotlight Item

The American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee's "Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award" was presented to Professor Joan Schaffner in August 2013. From left to right: Rebecca Huss, Professor Joan Schaffner, Dick Semerdijan.

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