South Africa | Portland, OR, US
Animal, Human & Earth Rights Lawyer | Founder @AnimalLawReform & @AnimalLawAfrica | @CALSAnimalLaw Fellow | Researcher. Activist. Justice Seeker
Amy P. Wilson is an attorney from South Africa with a Master’s Degree in Animal Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Amy received her BCOM and LLB Law Degrees from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. During her studies, she established the first Animal Law student group at her university and was also one of two South African recipients to receive a full scholarship to participate in the Lucerne Academy for Implementation of Human Rights (University of Lucerne, Switzerland’s Summer School). After her studies, she practiced as a corporate attorney for over six years at the largest law firm in Africa and worked on animal law related matters on a pro bono basis during that time.
In addition to being a Co-Founder and Director of the Animal Law Reform South Africa, Amy is an Executive Committee member of the largest animal rights organization in South Africa and regularly assists them, and other animal organizations with various legal and other matters. After a selection process, Amy received a full scholarship to study her Master’s in the U.S.A, making her the first South African with this advanced degree. Amy has worked as a legal intern for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and was a board member of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapter at Lewis & Clark.
She has also worked at the Center for Animal Law Studies where she assisted with the development of the Comparative International Animal Law Course and Companion Animal Law Course, both taught at Lewis & Clark Law School. Amy has consulted for World Animal Protection as well as Animal Equality. She is currently also a board member of the Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations (CAAWO) and a trustee of the Humane Education Trust.