Steven M. Wise, Esq.

I have taught a two credit semester class in “Animal Rights Law” or “Animal Rights Jurisprudence” about fifty times since 1990 at eight law schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Lewis and Clark, Tel Aviv, Vermont, University of Miami, St. Thomas, and John Marshall Law Schools. I lecture annually at the Masters in Animal Law Program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona Law School and lectured for years at the Tufts University Veterinary School of Medicine’s Masters Degree in Animals and Public Policy.

I have a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. for Boston University School of Law.

I practiced nonhuman animal protection law for 35 years.

I have written 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; and An American Trilogy – Death, Slavery, and Dominion on the Banks of the Cape Fear River (2009).

I have authored or co-authored twenty-two law review articles and more book chapters.

I founded the Nonhuman Rights Project in 1996 and remain its president, chief counsel, and litigator in every lawsuit that the NhRP has brought to obtain legal rights for nonhuman animals.

My civil rights work and the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project  was the subject of the 2016 HBO/BBC/Pennebaker and Hegedus film, “Unlocking the Cage,” which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Social Issue Documentary, and the 2001 film, “A Legal Person.”

My 2015 TED talk about my work and that of the Nonhuman Rights Project has been viewed more than 1.1 million times.

I am a frequent lecturer on animal rights jurisprudence at conferences and law schools throughout the world and often appear on television and radio shows in the United States and other countries to discuss animal rights jurisprudence and the cases that the Nonhuman Rights Project files.