David Favre

Expert David Favre

Professor of Property and Animal Law, Michigan State University


David Favre has been a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law for over forty years. He served as Dean of the College for five years and teaches in the area of Property Law, Animal Law, and International Environmental Law. Professor Favre has written a number of articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, animal rights, ethics of animal use, and international control of animal trade. His books include the casebook Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights (2nd ed.), the ethics book Respecting Animals, a hornbook Animal Law and Dog Behaviorand a discussion of the treaty CITES International Trade in Endangered Species. He introduced the concept of "Living Property" which was developed in a number of law review articles over the past decade. He has organized international conferences on animal law and has presented to international audiences on a wide assortment of topics. He created and is editor-in-chief of the animal legal web resource, www.animallaw.info. Now residing on a farm in Lower Michigan, Professor Favre shares his space with sheep, chickens and the usual assortment of dogs and cats.

He was a founding officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund for 22 years, serving as President of the Board for the last two years. For a number of years he was a Vice Chair of the American Bar Asso./TIPS Committee on Animal Law, and in 2012 was chair of the AALS Animal Law Committee.

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