Amy Wilson

Expert Amy Wilson

Amy P. Wilson is an attorney from South Africa with a Master's Degree in Animal Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Amy received her BCOM and LLB Law Degrees from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. During her studies, she established the first Animal Law student group at her university and was also one of two South African recipients to receive a full scholarship to participate in the Lucerne Academy for Implementation of Human Rights (University of Lucerne, Switzerland's Summer School). After her studies, she practiced as a corporate attorney for over six years at the largest law firm in Africa and worked on animal law related matters on a pro bono basis during that time.

Amy is a Co-Founder and Director of the first Animal Law non-profit organization in South Africa – Animal Law Reform South Africa. She is an Executive Committee member of the largest animal rights organization in South Africa and regularly assists them, and other animal organizations with various legal and other matters. She has also worked with legislative advisors and other organizations to try to improve animal laws and their implementation in South Africa.

As part of her LLM Program, Amy developed a Model Animal Law Curriculum, which she hopes to introduce into Universities in South Africa, as there are currently no animal law courses taught in the country. Amy has worked as a legal intern for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and was a board member of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter at Lewis & Clark.

She has also worked at the Center for Animal Law Studies were she assisted with the development of the world's first International Online Animal Law Course as well as other courses including a Comparative International Animal Law Course and Companion Animal Law Course, both taught at Lewis & Clark Law School.

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