RWU Law students have come from almost every state, hundreds of undergraduate institutions, and nations as diverse as Canada, China, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Liberia, Russia, South Korea and Zimbabwe.
This course examines the legal treatment of wild animals and wild places. It analyzes the property law and constitutional underpinnings of state and federal wildlife and wilderness laws. Considerable attention will be devoted to the protection of biodiversity through the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species. The course will also focus on the Wilderness Act. Other topics may include feral and urban wildlife, hunting and fishing, and the special case of American Indians’ rights to wildlife. The course will also focus on policy questions raised by legal protections for wildlife and wilderness, including critical examination of both the purposes served by these protections and the costs these protections impose.