Amy Wilson

The Brooks Institute Animal Law and Policy Fellow

  • B.COM Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2008)
  • LL.B., University of Johannesburg, South Africa (2010)
  • LL.M., Lewis & Clark Law School, OR (2018)

Amy P. Wilson is The Brooks Institute Animal Law and Policy Fellow at UCLA School of Law and will be working within the Animal Law and Policy Program under the supervision of Professor Taimie Bryant, including with the Administrative Hearings Clinic and UCLA Animal Law and Policy Small Grants Program. Her research lies in the areas and intersection of animal law, human rights and environmental law. She is the co-founder and director of the first animal law non-profit organization in South Africa, Animal Law Reform South Africa, and holds various leadership and board positions in non-profits throughout Africa. Prior to joining UCLA, Amy worked as the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow and assisted with the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland Oregon.

Wilson received her B.Com and LL.B. (Law) degrees respectively at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, and was the first South African attorney to receive an LL.M. in Animal Law, from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Amy was the recipient of the International Advocates Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship as well as a full scholarship to participate in the Lucerne Academy for Implementation of Human Rights (University of Lucerne in Switzerland’s Summer School) and was awarded membership to the Cornelius Honor Society. Prior to pursuing her LL.M., Amy specialized in corporate commercial law and worked as a Senior Associate at the largest law firm in Africa.

Wilson has been published in international animal law journal, dA. Derecho Animal. Forum of Animal Law Studies, and international journal, Society Register. Amy is currently co-authoring the first Aquatic Animal Law textbook in the world (Carolina Academic Press). She has two upcoming chapters in books by Cambridge Scholars Publishing and Taylor & Francis respectively, and is drafting a chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Global Animal Law.