Taimie L. Bryant

Professor of Law

  • B.A. Bryn Mawr College, 1975
  • M.A. Anthropology, UCLA, 1978
  • Ph.D. UCLA, 1984
  • J.D. Harvard, 1987
  • UCLA Faculty Since 1988

Taimie Bryant teaches Property, Nonprofit Organizations and Animals and the Law

Professor Bryant has published several articles on Japanese law, focusing primarily on family law in Japan. However, since 1995 she has been interested primarily in animal law. She teaches classes in that subject, and in 1998 she was the lead drafter of California state legislation to shift animal sheltering from killing to saving lives. That legislative work resulted in Bryant's serving as a consultant regarding the extent to which the animal shelter legislation was a state mandate requiring reimbursement of local government. She has also written two articles about the legislation and its aftermath. 

Professor Bryant's recent scholarship concerns issues of theory in animal law. In a paper entitled “Trauma, Law, and Advocacy for Animals,” she draws on social science and medical literatures that document the traumatic effects of witnessing violence that society has not yet recognized.   She applies that literature in the context of advocates for animals, arguing that some forms of legal activism that seem ineffective for helping animals actually increase public activism and understanding of animal suffering, thereby making other forms of legal change more likely.  Professor Bryant also utilizes the literature of social justice activism in feminism and disability rights areas in order to inform activism for animals. In particular, she seeks to combine the approaches of radical feminism and social justice activism in her work on animal protection.

Professor Bryant earned a doctorate in anthropology from UCLA. She uses her training in anthropology to inform her work on nonprofit organizations, animal law, and property law. She is also developing projects that combine social science with law, supported by funds from a generous endowment by Bob Barker to UCLA Law for the purpose of animal rights law teaching and scholarship.


  • Books
    • Animal Law and the Courts: A Reader (edited by Taime L. Bryant, Rebecca J. Huss, David N. Cassuto). Thomson West (2008).
  • Articles And Chapters
    • Aid-In-Dying Nonprofits, 57 San Diego Law Review 147 (2020).
    • Why American Animal-Protective Legislation Does Not Always "Stick" and the Path Forward (with Mariann Sullivan), in Animal Welfare: From Science to Law, 77 (edited by Sophie Hild and Louis Schweitzer, L’Harmattan, 2019). Full Text
    • Aid in Dying: The Availability of Ideal Medications for Use in “Right to Die” Jurisdictions in the United States, 34 Quinnipiac Law Review 705 (2016).
    • Social Psychology and the Value of Vegan Business Representation for Animal Law Reform, 2015 Michigan State Law Review 1521 (2015). Full Text
    • American Law: Legal Recognition of Animals’ Capacity to Experience Pain, in Animal Suffering: From Science to Law, 259-273 (edited by Thierry Auffret Van Der Kemp and Martine Lachance, Thomson Reuters Canada, 2013). Full Text
    • Virtue Ethics and Animal Law, 16 (1) Between the Species 105-141 (2013). Full Text
    • Transgenic Bioart, Animals and the Law, in Leonardo's Choice: Genetic Technologies and Animals, (edited by Carol Gigliotti, Springer, 2011). Full Text
    • Denying Animals Childhood and its Implications for Animal-protective Law Reform, 6 Law Culture and the Humanities 56 (2010). Full Text
    • Sacrificing the Sacrifice of Animals: Legal Personhood for Animals, the Status of Animals as Property, and the Presumed Primacy of Humans, 39 Rutgers Law Journal 247-330 (2008). Full Text
    • False Conflicts, in Animal Law and the Courts: A Reader, (edited by Taimie L. Bryant, Rebecca J. Huss, David N. Cassuto, Thomson West, 2008). Full Text
    • Similarity or Difference as a Basis for Justice: Must Animals be Like Humans to be Legally Protected from Humans?, 70 Law & Contemporary Problems 207-254 (2007). Full Text
    • Animals Unmodified: Defining Animals/Defining Human Obligations to Animals, 2006 University of Chicago Legal Forum 137-94 (2006). Full Text
    • Trauma, Law, and Advocacy for Animals, 1 Journal of Animal Law and Ethics 63-138 (2006). Full Text
    • Mythic Non-violence, 2 Journal of Animal Law 1-13 (2006). Full Text
    • Family Models, Family Dispute Resolution and Family Law in Japan, 14 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 1-27 (1995).
    • "Responsible" Husbands, "Recalcitrant" Wives, Retributive Judges: Judicial Management of Contested Divorce in Japan, 18 Journal of Japanese Studies 407-43 (1992).
    • For the Sake of the Country, for the Sake of the Family: The Oppressive Impact of Family Registration on Women and Minorities in Japan, 39 UCLA Law Review 109-68 (1991).
    • California in Okeru Kekkon Kyoyuzaisan ho to Rikon ho (Community Property Law and Divorce Law in California), 223 Kesu Kenkyu 18 (1990).
    • Oya-ko Shinju: Death at the Center of the Heart, 8 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 1-31 (1990).
    • Sons and Lovers: Adoption in Japan, 38 American Journal of Comparative Law 299-336 (1990).
    • Marital Dissolution in Japan: Legal Obstacles and Their Impact, 17 Law in Japan 73-97 (1984).
    • Bunkajinruigakuteki Tachiba Yori Mita Kajichotei Seido (An Anthropological Perspective of the System of Family Dispute Mediation), 195 Kesu Kenkyu 40-71 (1983).
  • Other
    • Book Review, 41 Harvard Law Bulletin 26-7 (1990). Reviewing The Transformation of Family Law: State, Law, and Family in the United States and Western Europe, by Mary A. Glendon.
    • Book Review, 48 Journal of Asian Studies 798-9 (1989). Reviewing Legal Pluralism:  Toward a General Theory through Japanese Legal Culture, by Masaji Chiba.
    • Mediation of Divorce Disputes in the Japanese Family Court System: With Emphasis on the Tokyo Family Court (Univ. of California. Ph.D. Dissertation, UCLA, 1984).