Animal Law: Habeas Corpus and Non-Human Rights – C07

Hot Topics Track
Animal Law Section

Session C: 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

About the Program
The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) works to secure fundamental legal rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy, and education. This program will provide an overview of the NhRP’s ongoing efforts to change the common law status of chimpanzees and elephants from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “legal persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily liberty and bodily integrity.

You Will Learn

  • How common law courts can recognize fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through the writ of habeas corpus
  • Case law updates regarding the NhRP’s common law habeas corpus litigation, including a lawsuit on behalf of three captive elephants in the State of Connecticut

Colette S. Griffin, Howd & Ludorf LLC, Hartford

Jessica Rubin, UConn School of Law, Hartford

Steven M. Wise, Nonhuman Rights Project


1.0 CLE Credits (CT: 1.0 General; NY:1.0 AOP)