Steven Tauber

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Steven Tauber is a professor of political science in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida. He received a grant for “The Global Animal Advocacy Movement’s (GAAM) Influence on International Animal Law Outcomes.” GAAM employs a variety of techniques common to progressive social movements, including direct action, lobbying, and litigation. This proposal concentrates on GAAM’s litigation activities, which is an understudied topic. Specifically, it aims to support  a research assistant to help build a database of animal advocacy litigation in International Law and in nations’ high courts. Extant animal law catalogues are helpful, but this database will be groundbreaking because it will be more extensive and readily convertible into quantitative analysis. Steven writes,

I hypothesize that activists can protect animals by pursuing litigation in courts throughout the world; however, legal, political, economic, social, and cultural factors constrain their ability to effectuate meaningful outcomes for animals. Some of this research is qualitative, but testing this hypothesis also requires building a quantitative database of animal law cases decided in high courts across the globe and in international courts. This database will include variables on the outcome of the case; extent of animal protection involved; the presence of activist groups; and legal, political, social, economic, and cultural factors surrounding the case. In addition to using this database to statistically test my hypothesis, I will make it available to the public.