Philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith spoke with LEAP Student Fellow Lindsay Stern (Ph.D. ‘23) about his book, Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind.
Jo-Anne McArthur, founder and president of the animal photojournalism agency We Animals Media, spoke with Manny Rutinel (JD '22) about documenting and sharing images of animals caught up in the human world.
Aryenish Birdie, founder and executive director of Encompass, spoke with LEAP Faculty Co-Director Jon Lovvorn about racism and inequity in the animal movement and how can mainstream animal advocacy can become a movement by and for people of the global majority.
Ben Lilliston, director of rural strategies and climate change at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), spoke with Caroline Parker (JD '22) about the steps that regulators around the world can take to reduce GHG emissions from animal agriculture that also respect farmers' livelihoods.
In this panel, moderated by LEAP Student Fellow Sarah Baldinger, three ocean scientists--Dr. Diva Amonn, Dr. Anela Choy, and Dr. Steven Haddock--discussed the risks of planned deep-sea mining operations and how to protect the ecosystems at the bottom of the sea and the vast water column above.
Professor Maneesha Deckha, in conversation with LEAP Faculty Co-Director Doug Kysar, explored her work on beingness and other representations of animals in the legal system.
In this talk, Professor Dale Jamieson discussed why sentience requires more philosophical reflection than it's typically given and how a single-minded concern with sentience obscures other morally relevant features, such as agency.
In this talk, Professor Jessica Eisen explored the possibility that constitutional texts do not tell the whole story: that many jurisdictions embrace unwritten constitutional commitments to the continued use of animals as killable resources.
Professor Angela Fernandez, in conversation with Saylor Soinski (YLS ‘23), discussed an alterantive to the traditional legal person-property binary and outlined her quasi-person, quasi-property approach.
Professors Alice Crary and Lori Gruen discussed their book, Animal Crisis, and their novel approach to the argument that “there can be no animal liberation without human emancipation” with Emma Findlen LeBlanc JD ’24.
LEAP Student Fellow Ted Hamilton (PhD ‘22, Comparative Literature) discussed his book, Beyond Fossil Law: Climate, Courts, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future, which chronicles the work of Valve Turners, an American climate activist group that shuttered a tar sands oil pipeline in 2016, along with grassroots climate activism projects around the world.
In this panel, members of the American Bar Association International Animal Law Committee who obtained the passage of the Convention on Animal Protection discussed the proposed draft treaty, including the treaty’s potential to prevent pathogenic spillover and future pandemics.