2021 Symposium

A Wild Approach: Creating a Global Lens for Animals Welfare Through Law and Policy, April 8 and 9, 2021; For more information, visit cjil.law.uconn.edu; image shows globe, scales of justice, and animal silhouettes

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Please join the Connecticut Journal of International Law as we explore strategies for protecting animal welfare through international law and policy.

About This Event

The field of animal law has grown rapidly and extensively in recent decades. Examples of animal law in practice that immediately come to mind may be limited: the enactment of anti-cruelty statutes or the protection of endangered species. But animal law cannot be neatly delineated as its own legal niche. Animal rights advocates have propelled the boundaries of animal law to intersect with most traditional fields of the law: constitutional, criminal, tort, environmental, business, family, consumer protection, entertainment.

Still, animal law is often treated locally and domestically. A Wild Approach will assemble an international group of scholars, practitioners, and activists to explore the advantages, strategies, and complications of implementing a global framework for animal welfare.

Panel discussion topics include pedagogical approaches to animal law, an international comparative analysis of animal law, the creation of a more sustainable and human food supply, and the protection of coastal and marine wildlife. Additionally, keynote addresses will contemplate the reduction of animal suffering through global legislation and the possibilities for intersectionality and the future of animal law attorneys.

RSVP by April 7, 2021


This event is free for students and the general public.

Eligible for Connecticut CLE Credit

To attend one day for CLE credit: $35

To attend both days for CLE credit: $50


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Day 1 

Opening Remarks

9:00–9:15 Kathleen Cason (Editor-in-Chief, Connecticut Journal of International Law) and Eboni Nelson (Dean, UConn School of Law)

Keynote Reducing Animal Suffering Through Global Legislation

9:20–10:20 Antoine Goetschel (President, Global Animal Law)

Panel 1 Animal Law in the Classroom

10:30–11:40 A conversation on different pedagogical approaches to teaching animal law, both domestically and internationally, including teaching methods that incorporate political and ethical considerations: How do approaches toward animal law differ in the traditional seminar versus the clinical setting? How can the classroom incorporate diverging cultural perspectives while advancing animal rights?

Moderator: Jessica Rubin (Professor of Law, UConn School of Law)

David Favre (Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law)

Amnon Keren (Clinical Instructor, Tel Aviv University)

Dr. Rajesh Reddy (Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School)

Panel 2 Flora, Fauna, and Friends: A Comparative Analysis of Wildlife Laws

11:45–1:00 A comparative analysis of wildlife laws around the globe, focusing on law enforcement frameworks in wildlife protection laws both in the United States and internationally. Panelists will assess how these frameworks may be improved for the purpose of protecting animals, and identify principle lessons in developing animal welfare laws with a global focus.

Moderator: Erica Lyman (Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School)

Stephen Hernick (Senior Attorney, Friends of Animals)

Ever Vimbai Chinoda (Executive Director and Founder, Speak Out for Animals)

Antoine Goetschel (President, Global Animal Law)

Friday, April 9, 2021

Day 2 

Opening Remarks

9:00–9:15 Jessica Rubin (Professor of Law, UConn School of Law)

Keynote Intersectionality and the Future of Animal Law Attorneys

9:20–10:20 Joyce Tischler (Founder, Animal Legal Defense Fund; Professor of Practice, Lewis & Clerk Law School)

Panel 3 On Creating a More Sustainable and Humane Food Supply

10:30–11:40 Can consumers demand a global, cruelty-free food supply? How do we create standards of treatment that are sustainable and humane, while also balancing the varied interests that arise domestically and internationally in modern food systems? Panelists will respond to these questions by addressing specific methods and models, such as the persistence of the “cheaper food paradigm,” repercussions of the U.S. rejoining the Paris Agreement, and the impact of the rise of organic farming on imports from the U.S. and other countries.

Moderator: Mathilde Cohen (Professor of Law, UConn School of Law)

Dr. Helen Harwatt (Food & Climate Policy Fellow, Harvard Law School)

Delcianna Winders (Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School)

Martin Holle (Professor of Law, Hamburg University of Applied Science)

Panel 4 An Undertaking Overseas: Global Protection of Coastal and Marine Wildlife

11:45–1:00 A critical look at how we serve the particular needs of coastal and marine wildlife through international and domestic law and policy. Panelists will discuss the efficacy of legislative initiatives such as the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Moderator: Randall Abate (Professor, Monmouth University)

Francine Kershaw (Staff Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council)

Jaclyn Lopez (Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity)

Amy Wilson (Legal Fellow, Aquatic Animal Law Initiative at Lewis & Clark Law School)


How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please contact Deb King at deborah.king@uconn.edu.

Can I update my registration information? Yes, up until the RSVP deadline of April 7.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? No, please cancel your reservation if you can no longer attend.

What is the refund policy? Refunds will be given on a case-by-case basis.

If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at law.acess@uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.

RSVP by April 7, 2021

Please direct any questions to sierra.santana@uconn.edu and to jonathan.bedosky@uconn.edu.