Who We Are

OUR TEAM

AMY P WILSON

Founder

Amy has ten years of legal experience and prior to graduating as the first South African with an LLM Degree in Animal Law, she worked as a corporate lawyer at the largest law firm in Africa. In addition to co-founding LAPA, she is co-founder and director of the first organization dedicated to animal law in her country - Animal Law Reform South Africa. Amy is a trustee of the Humane Education Trust (HET) and director and co-founder of the Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations (CAAWO).
In the USA, Amy has worked with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School (CALS), World Animal Protection (WAP) and Animal Equality (AE), researching and consulting on a broad variety of animal law and animal protection matters. Currently, Amy is working as the Legal Fellow at the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative Fellow and assisting with Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School directed by Professor Kathy Hessler.
Amy has been published in international Animal Law Journal, “dA. Derecho Animal Forum of Animal Law Studies”; international Journal “Society Register” and US publication “The Revelator” (an initiative of the Center for Biological Diversity). Amy has presented on several animal, environmental and human rights law topics to audiences around the world including Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong), Poland (University of Silesia), Kenya (United Nations Environment), England (Oxford University – Oxford Center for Animal Ethics) and conferences in the USA and South Africa.

amypwilson@lapa.africa
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LAPA BRANCHES (AFRICA-WIDE)

In the near future, LAPA plans to establish branches in other African countries headed by the Alumni Committee and other interested persons.

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STUDENT NETWORK (AFRICA-WIDE)

In the near future, University students will be included in efforts and encouraged to participate in activities and learnings.

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LAWYER NETWORK (AFRICA-WIDE)

In the near future, LAPA will include details of lawyers that are interested in and have
expertise in the areas of animal law around Africa.

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VOLUNTEER

JIM KARANI

Jim is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pretoria. He has a Masters in Animal Law from Northwestern Lewis & Clark Law School. He recently led the Legal Department at WildlifeDirect where he developed a national legal aid project titled “Eyes in the Courtroom” that monitored wildlife crime cases all the courts in Kenya.
Jim brings in eight (8) years of core litigation experience in Criminal and Public Interest Law and has lead litigation to protect wildlife and habitats they live in; He has four (4) years as a Trainer of Trainers in Trial Advocacy Skills which he has employed in development of technical resources and guides for law enforcement officials and capacity building of over 1,000 rangers, prosecutors, magistrates and judges on best practices in applying the law to protect animals.
Jim is specialised in international comparative law and advices on the implementation of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Criminal, Environmental, Natural Resources and Animal Law.

jimkarani@lapa.africa

JUDY MURIITHI

Judy is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She has a Masters’ in Animal Law from Lewis and Clark Law School. She is an experienced legal professional with over 5 years’ experience in various legal capacities in the social impact realm on policy issues.
She has previously been involved in offering prosecutorial support in major wildlife criminal cases and has undertaken extensive research on the general trends and developments of transnational illegal wildlife trade in Kenya – which has been instrumental in formulating laws and polices related to environmental protection.
Her key strengths include legal research, preparation, and interpretation of legal instruments, motivated, analytical thinker with effective communication and organizational skills. Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills in multi-cultural working environments.
Action-oriented problem solver who always strives to use her skills and knowledge to the maximum in upholding causes she believes in through policy and legislative developments.

judymuriithi@lapa.africa