Areas of Interest
Animal Law & Policy Program files amicus brief concerning nonhuman animals’ legal status
December 14, 2021
The Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School (ALPP) and the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) have jointly filed an amicus curiae brief with the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, urging it to recognize that nonhuman animals can have legal rights.
$10 million endowment established for the Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program
November 10, 2021
Harvard Law School today announced the establishment of a $10 million endowment for the Animal Law & Policy Program, thanks to a gift from the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy.
Animal Law & Policy Clinic assists in a victory for the Animal Welfare Institute and Farm Sanctuary
October 15, 2021
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Farm Sanctuary, represented by Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Clinic, scored a victory this week when a judge ruled that a lawsuit filed against the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will move forward.
‘They’re lying to the public’
June 4, 2021
The Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Clinic made a startling discovery about a USDA policy while working to promote better standards of care for primates in medical research facilities.
“The very test under the Endangered Species Act is supposed to be ‘What is the best available science?'”
August 12, 2020
Katherine Meyer, director of the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic, corresponded with Harvard Law Today about the clinic's recent Supreme Court amicus brief filing in a Freedom of Information Act case brought by the Sierra Club, concerning access to information regarding the adverse impacts of federal actions on endangered and threatened species.
Animal Law & Policy Program files amicus brief in Supreme Court challenging border wall
March 19, 2020
Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program filed its first Supreme Court brief challenging the Trump administration’s waiver of laws regarding the U.S.-Mexico border wall construction. Ashley Maiolatesi ’20 recently corresponded with Harvard Law Today about what is at stake, the specific ramifications of these waivers, and her own personal connection to the project.
Animal Law and Policy Clinic launches at Harvard Law School
August 5, 2019
Harvard Law School has announced the launch of the new Animal Law and Policy Clinic, to be led by Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor Katherine Meyer and Clinical Instructor Nicole Negowetti.
Fifth annual Animal Law Week held at HLS
April 3, 2019
Animal law advocates from a variety of disciplines and perspectives come together at Harvard Law School for the fifth annual Animal Law Week.
Raising the profile of animal law to match the stakes
December 13, 2018
According to Harvard Law School lecturer Jonathan Lovvorn, saving the planet and its inhabitants from climate catastrophe begins with the world’s most vulnerable population: animals.
Third Annual Student Animal Law Trip to Washington D.C.
April 13, 2018
Last week, the Animal Law & Policy Program (ALPP) at Harvard Law School partnered with the HLS Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) to organize the third annual “Student Animal Law Trip to Washington D.C.”
Fourth annual Animal Law Week held at HLS
March 12, 2018
Animal law advocates from a variety of disciplines and perspectives came together at Harvard Law School for the fourth annual Animal Law Week, an event co-hosted by the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program and Harvard Law School's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund .
Jonathan Lovvorn appointed policy director of the HLS Animal Law and Policy Program
September 15, 2017
On Sept. 5, Harvard Law School Lecturer Jonathan Lovvorn was named the first policy director for the school's Animal Law & Policy Program. Lovvorn, who previously taught Wildlife Law in both the Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 terms, will continue as a lecturer, teaching a new course this fall on Farmed Animal Law & Policy.