Speaker: Steven M. Wise on Nonhuman Rights Project

When:
September 27, 2013 @ 6:00 PM – September 27, 2013 @ 8:00 PM
2013-09-27T18:00:00-04:00
2013-09-27T20:00:00-04:00
Where:
George Washington University Law School
716 20th Street Northwest
The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., DC 20052
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
James J Hughes, Ph.D
(860) 297-2376

Keynote Speaker Steven M. Wise will appear at the conference on “Personhood Beyond the Human,” held at Yale University, December 6-8, 2013. (for more details, see below). Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project.

He holds a J.D. from Boston University Law School and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced animal protection law for 30 years throughout the United States and is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Steve teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Vermont, Lewis and Clark, University of Miami, and St. Thomas Law Schools, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard Law School and John Marshall Law School.

He is the author of four books: 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), and An American Trilogy — Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009), and working on a fifth, which will be a memoir about the Nonhuman Rights Project.

He has authored numerous law review, encyclopedia, and popular articles. His work for the legal rights of nonhuman animals was highlighted on Dateline NBC and was the subject of the documentary, A Legal Person.

He regularly travels the world lecturing on animal rights jurisprudence and the Nonhuman Rights Project, and is a frequent guest on television and radio discussing animal rights law and the Nonhuman Rights Project.

A conference on “Personhood Beyond the Human” will be held at Yale University, December 6-8, 2013. The event will focus on personhood for nonhuman animals, including great apes, cetaceans, and elephants, and will explore the evolving notions of personhood by analyzing them through the frameworks of neuroscience, behavioral science, philosophy, ethics, and law.

The conference will be co-sponsored by the Nonhuman Rights Project and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies in collaboration with the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.

Special consideration will be given to discussions of nonhuman animal personhood, both in terms of understanding the history, science, and philosophy behind personhood, and ways to protect animal interests through the establishment of legal precedents and by increasing public awareness.

By the close of the conference, attendees will have gained an enhanced understanding of the neurological, cognitive, and behavioral underpinnings of personhood and those traits required for such consideration; personhood theory; the history of personhood consideration and status (both in terms of philosophical and legal conceptions); and the legal hurdles and requirements for granting personhood status outside of the human species.

The Nonhuman Rights Project will be presenting our research from the past five years including research on the varying legal causes of action that the Nonhuman Rights Project will use to argue legal personhood for specific nonhuman animals.

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Nonhuman Rights Project

Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Yale Animal Ethics Group

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