David S. Favre

David S. Favre
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Professor of Law & The Nancy Heathcote Professor of Property and Animal Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 361
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Prior to joining the Law College faculty in 1976, Professor Favre was a practicing attorney in Virginia. He has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He is a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and of the ABA Committee on Animal Law. He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. He teaches Property, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, and Animal Law.

  • Degrees

    J.D. College of William and Mary, 1973; B.A. University of Virginia, 1968

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    Animal Law
    (Formerly DCL 501) A survey of animal legal issues including property status, zoning and criminal anti-cruelty laws. Additionally, legal policy issues will be discussed, such as what to do with dangerous dogs, and what level of animal welfare should be provided to agricultural animals. The distinction between animal welfare and animal rights will be considered.

    International Environmental Law
    (Formerly DCL 417) This course introduces the student to the use of bilateral and multilateral treaties and other international mechanisms for dealing with international environmental problems such as ozone in the upper atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, destruction of forest and trade in endangered species. Normally, a paper is required.

    (Formerly DCL 113) This is a survey course of the fundamentals of property law. Possessory interests of real and personal property including findings, bailments and adverse possession are discussed and analyzed. Topics also include future interests, concurrent ownership, lease holds, transfers of land and land use controls.

    Wildlife Law
    (Formerly DCL 376) A study of how the legal system deals with wildlife issues. While federal law affecting wildlife is studied, this course's primary focus will be on the authority of the state fish and wildlife agencies to manage wildlife and the relationship of the federal and state governments as managers of the public’s wildlife. It will review wildlife related laws from a variety of perspectives, including those that recognize sustainable use as a valid conservation tool, and regulated hunting as a component of conservation and sound wildlife management. The class is responsible for publishing The Wildlife Law Call, a newsletter on current case law and articles pertinent to wildlife issues. Students are graded on their individual contribution to this publication.

  • Notes

    Animal Legal & Historical Center

  • Bar Admission(s)


  • Publications

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    Animals: Welfare, Interests and Rights (Animal Legal and Historical Web Center, 2003)

    Animal Law and Dog Behavior (co-authored) (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 1999)

    International Environmental Law (co-authored) (Lupus Publications, 1993)

    Wildlife Law, 2 nd ed. (Lupus Publications, 1991)

    International Trade in Endangered Species (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1989)

    Animal Law, Quorum book series (principle author) (Greenwood Press, 1983)

    Wildlife Cases, Laws, and Policy (Associated Faculty Press, 1983)

    Book Chapter

    A New Property Status for Animals in Animal Rights, in Current Debates and New Directions (Cass Sunstein & Martha Nussbaum, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2004)

    Law Review Articles

    Integrating Animal Interest into the Legal System, 10 Animal Law Review (2004)

    Equitable Self-ownership for Animals, 50 Duke Law Journal 473 (2000)

    The Risk of Extinction: a Risk Analysis of the Endangered Species Act as Compared to CITES, 6 New York University Environmental Law Journal 341 (CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) (1998)

    Some Thoughts on Animal Experimentation, 2 Animal Law 161 (1996)

    Time for a Sharper Legal Focus, 1 Animal Law 1 (introduction to the premiere issue of the journal) (1995)

    A Framework for Analysis of the ‘Takings” Issue, 1995 Detroit College of Law Review 3 (lead article for symposium issue) (1995)

    The Development of Anti-Cruelty Laws During the 1800's, 1993 Detroit College of Law Review 1 (coauthored) (1993)

    CITES, Tension Points Within the Treaty, 5 Boston University International Law Journal 247 (1987)

    Laboratory Animal Act: A Legislative Proposal, 3 Pace Environmental Law 242 (1979)

    Other Publications

    Wildlife Protection in the United States, 2002 World Environment Vol. 3, at 33 (published in China in Chinese) Nussbaum, eds., Oxford University Press, 2004)

    Elephants, Ivory and International Law, 10 RECIEL 277 (Review of European Community & International Environmental Law) (2001)

    Trade in Endangered Species, published in Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Graham & Trotman, 1990-92) (Oxford Press, 1993-01)

    Legal Rights for Our Fellow Creatures, 18 Contemporary Philosophy 7 (1996)

    A Precautionary Tale, published in Integrating People and Wildlife for a Sustainable Future, at 336 (The Wildlife Society, 1995)

    Debate Within the CITES Community: What Direction for the Future? 33 Natural Resources Journal 875 (1993) (Reprinted in International Law Anthology (Anthony D’Amato, ed.)) (Anderson Publishers, 1995)

    Movement Towards and International Convention for the Protection of Animals, published in Animal Welfare and the Law (Cambridge University Press, 1989)

    Training Lawyers to Tame Technology, 46 Detroit Lawyer No. 3, at 5 (1978)

    Book Reviews

    Review of The Trade in Wildlife, Journal of Ecological Economics (Sara Oldfield ed., 2004)

    Review of International Legal Protection of Wild Fauna and Flora, 1997 Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford Press, 1997)