Lecture: ‘The Struggle of the Nonhuman Rights Project to Attain Legal Personhood for Nonhuman Animals’
Bodily liberty and bodily integrity. Those are the first two fundamental rights which should be granted to appropriate nonhuman animals, according to Steven M. Wise, founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project. The Nonhuman Rights Project began several lawsuits in the USA, aiming to give certain chimpanzees the right to live to bodily liberty protected by a writ of habeas corpus. In order to reach this goal it strives to change the legal status of appropriate animals to that of ‘persons’, who possess fundamental rights. Steve Wise will dig into the backgrounds of the project and its results so far, and will look ahead into a future where certain animals are legal persons.
Note: the lecture is on a Sunday evening.
Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practised animal protection law for 38 years throughout the United States. He teaches ‘Animal Rights Jurisprudence’ at the Lewis and Clark, Vermont and St. Thomas Law Schools, and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard, University of Miami, and John Marshall Law Schools.
Under the leadership of Steven Wise, the Nonhuman Rights Project has attracted international attention and accolades.
He is the author of:
+ Rattling the Cage – Toward Legal Rights for Animals (2000)
+ Drawing the Line – Science and the Case for Animal Rights (2003)
+ Though the Heavens May Fall – The Landmark Trial That Led to the End of Human Slavery (2005)
+ An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009)