This seminar will discuss important issues concerning animal law. Key topics to be covered are: (1) concepts of "animal" (religious, cultural, and legal); (2) animal rights and welfare; (3) animal colonization and global environment; (4) solutions of animal-related disputes; and (5) the future of animal law.
The seminar will mainly focus on Japan and the USA, but will also include laws of other countries and international law. Animals to be discussed include: companion animals, factory animals, wild animals, animals used for scientific experimentation and for entertainment, and others.
Seminar participation, presentation, and a final essay about one of the issues of animal law will be required. Seminar readings will cover a wide-range of material, such as scholarly works, constitutional and statutory laws, administrative regulations, court cases, and so forth.