The 2015 Animal Law Lecture Series is an opportunity to hear from leaders in animal law and policy from across the country. Our speakers will share their knowledge of the philosophy of property law, habeas corpus and the prospects for reform in the way nonhuman animals are treated in Australia and overseas.

Steven Wise


Steven M. Wise is President of the Nonhuman Rights Project. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. He has practised animal protection law for 38 years throughout the United States. He teaches “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” at the Lewis and Clark, Vermont and St. Thomas Law Schools, and at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has taught “Animal Rights Law” at the Harvard, University of Miami, and John Marshall Law Schools.

Under the leadership of Steven Wise, the Nonhuman Rights Project has attracted international attention and accolades. Last year, his work was featured on the cover of the Sunday New York Times Magazine.

He is the author of:

  • 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)
  • An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion Along the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009)

Labelled “one of the pistons of the animal rights movement” by Yale Law Journal, Steven Wise spoke at Voiceless’s first lecture series in 2007 and joins the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series again in 2015 as its keynote speaker.

Steven presented at all locations throughout the 2015 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series. Read an abstract of his presentation.