Constitutional Animal Law: U.S. and International Frameworks
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This CLE offers an introduction to how the interests of animals are contemplated at the constitutional level in the United States and abroad. Special attention is paid to deconstructing and comparing animal protections at the highest levels with a focus on key limitations and trends over time. In addition, this CLE scrutinizes landmark rulings to illustrate how animal protections in the U.S. and abroad have come into direct and indirect conflict with human-centric constitutional guarantees, with apex courts having to balance a growing interest in animal welfare with existing law. Just a few of the jurisdictions whose developments in this area that are covered in this CLE include: The United States; England; Spain; India; Egypt; Switzerland; South Africa; and more.
Dr. Rajesh K. Reddy leads CALS’ Global Animal Law Program, which includes bold new initiatives such as the Global Ambassador Program, that leverages the expertise, training, and skills of CALS’ international Animal Law LLM alumni to foster and facilitate animal protection initiatives in their home countries and regions. Dr. Reddy also leads the Animal Law LLM Program—the world’s first and only advanced legal degree program for animal law. The courses he currently teaches include: International Animal Law; Animal Legal Philosophy; Introduction to U.S. Animal Legal Studies; and the Animal Law LLM Seminars each fall and spring semester.
Dr. Reddy also serves on the Lewis & Clark tri-campus Committee on Equity and Inclusion, the Law School’s Diversity Committee and International Law Committee, and as a Sexual Assault Response Advocate. Outside of Lewis & Clark, Dr. Reddy chairs the International Subcommittee of the Animal Law Section of the American Bar Association and sits on the Executive Committee for the Animal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. He also serves as a board member for Minding Animals International, Humane Voters Oregon, and the diversity, equity and inclusion nonprofit Encompass.
Prior to joining the Center for Animal Law Studies, Dr. Reddy earned his JD from Lewis & Clark Law School and his PhD from the University of Georgia, where his dissertation scrutinized the representation of human and nonhuman animals in postcolonial literature and rights discourse. While in law school he served as Co-Editor in Chief of the Animal Law Review and Co-Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter at Lewis & Clark. He has advanced human and nonhuman animal rights as part of his work for several nonprofits, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program and the Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, India. Prior to pursuing his legal career, Dr. Reddy served as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University and as a Writer-in-Residence at Interlochen Center for the Arts.