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Gary L. Francione is well known throughout the animal protection movement for his criticism of animal welfare law and the property status of nonhuman animals, and for his theory of animal rights.

Francione has taught animal rights theory and the law for more than 25 years. He has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs.

He and his colleague, Rutgers Adjunct Professor Anna Charlton, started and operated the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic from 1990-2000. This established Rutgers as the first university in the U.S. to have animal rights law as part of the regular academic curriculum and the first to award students academic credit for both classroom work and actual cases involving animal issues.

Francione, who is currently on leave, regularly teaches a course with Charlton on human rights and animal rights, and a seminar on animal rights theory and the law. Francione also teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, and evidence, and serves as Chair of the Appointments Committee.

The author of numerous books and articles on animal rights theory and animals and the law, his most recent book is The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? (Columbia University Press, 2010). Francione’s other books include: Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation (2008); Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? (2000); Animals, Property, and the Law (1995); Rain Without Thunder: The Ideology of the Animal Rights Movement (1996); and Vivisection and Dissection in the Classroom: A Guide to Conscientious Objection (with Anna E. Charlton) (1992).

Francione is the co-editor of the series, Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science and Law, published by Columbia University Press. He has also written in the areas of copyright, patent law, and law and science.

Francione received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Rochester, and both his M.A. in philosophy and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was articles editor of the Virginia Law Review. He studied philosophy in Great Britain as Phi Beta Kappa Scholar. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the late Judge Albert Tate Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and. He practiced law in New York City before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1984; he came to Rutgers in 1989.

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