Stetson University

Courses - Granada, Spain

Week 1
(June 1-4, 2015)

International Wildlife Law and Globalization (1 credit)
Instructor: Paul Boudreaux, Stetson

Law is becoming increasingly globalized, following changes in the world economy. Wildlife law – the protection of rare and exceptional species of animals – is a prime example of this globalization. Wildlife protection increasingly relies on international cooperation (or is hampered by a lack thereof) and is strongly affected by the changing global climate. The study of international wildlife law is especially appropriate in Granada, Spain, near the Mediterranean, which has always been the crossroads of cultures, linking Europe, Africa, and Asia. The course may include a visit to the nearby World Conservation Union – Mediterranean office, which is located near Granada, in Málaga, Spain.

The course will have two focuses. First, it will discuss the essentials of current international wildlife law. For example, the Convention of Biological Diversity fosters legal cooperation, such as through protecting birds that migrate across continents and whales that move through the high seas. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species imposes restraints on international commerce, which is especially important as wealthy nations, such as the United States and in Europe, seek to import animals and animal products from less-developed nations, such as those in Africa and Asia. Second, it will discuss changing attitudes towards wildlife and animal law in an age of a changing global climate, which implicates issues of energy policy, concerns over the spread of diseases, and the disputes over genetically modified foods. It will be a thought-provoking, timely, and engaging course.

Week 2 
(June 8-11, 2015)

Global Animal Law (1 Credit)
Instructor: Sabine Brels, Laval University, Quebec

This course is an introduction to global animal law. It aims to provide an overview of the current state of animal law in the world.

It will begin with a general introduction to animal law and then summarize the evolution of the positive legislation and court decisions world-wide, particularly at:

- National level: In numerous countries all around the world;
- European level: From the Council of Europe and the European Union;
- International level: From important intergovernmental organizations; and
- Universal level: From the UN instruments and new proposals.

Course material will include a selection of key doctrinal articles, relevant court decisions and exemplary legislation aiming to preserve animal species from extinction, or to protect individual animals from suffering. The course will consist of class discussions, short presentations from student volunteers and/or international experts.

Week 3
(June 15-18, 2015)

Comparative Animal Law (1 credit)
Instructor: Randall Abate, Florida A&M University

This course addresses select issues in how federal and state law in the U.S. regulates animals. Topics will include legal and ethical issues relating to the classification of animals as “property”; use of animals by industry, including agribusiness; animal welfare laws; “standing” and other legal obstacles involved in litigating on behalf of animals; and environmental laws addressing endangered and other protected species. The course also includes a unit on EU animal welfare laws and considers the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. and EU approaches to promoting animal welfare.


Week 4
(June 22-25, 2015)

Intellectual Property Rights and Food Security (1 credit)
Instructor: Amanda Compton, Charleston

This course will examine the interface and paradox of intellectual property and human rights and health. More specifically, the course will focus on the connections between intellectual property rights and food security in terms of how the right to food as a human right may become affected through policy and legal restrictions imposed by intellectual property law. Particularly, the class will examine gene-based technologies for animal production and health, and the linkage of food security to poverty issues.

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