Animals and the Law
Although animal law is often spoken of humorously, more and more folks are talking about this area of law. Penn Law
offers an upper level seminar on Animal Law, and Penn Law students publish the Journal of Animal Law and Ethics. Penn Law also has an Animal Law Project.
Many political philosophers like Peter Singer
from Princeton University
and Martha Nussbaum
from the University of Chicago Law School
have written extensively on Animal Rights, an important area of investigation for those interested in animals and the law. So if you are looking for a thought-provoking topic for a comment or seminar paper, or wish to explore the new practice of animal law, there is a wealth of resources available to you.
Animal law is a new and growing practice area. The American Bar Association
sponsors an Animal Law Committee.
On the committee’s webpage you can find some provocative podcasts on topics like “CSI: Testing Animal DNA for Toxic Exposure” and “Estate Planning for Pets.” Many state and local bar associations have animal law practice sections. The New York State Bar Association
offers a “Committee on Animals and the Law
.” The committee’s webpage offers a number of useful animal law links. These include law courses, legislative reports, animal law articles, and an animal law student writing competition.
There are also a number of blogs on animal law. The ABA hosts one. There is an interesting animal law blog focusing on Pennsylvania law. A favorite of mine is the Pet Trust Law Blog. All of these resources can give you inspiration for unique research topics, as well as suggest new areas of legal practice for you to explore.