Thursday, 10th

9:00 WELCOME, Introductions

Professor Ferran Sancho, Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, SpainProfessor Marita Giménez-Candela, Host
Professor Jean Pierre Marguenaud, Université de Limoges, France

Professor Jean Pierre Marguenaud, Université de Limoges, France, "The emergence of a new legal discipline in Europe: Animal Law"

9:20 Panel #1 Animal Issues in China

Chair: Professor Thomas Kelch, University of Whittier, United States
  • Professor Deborah Cao, Griffith University, Australia, "Dog Management in China: a National Discussion"

  • Dean Song Wei, School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), “How to Stop Shark Fin Consumption in China: Social and Legal Analysis”

  • Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort, University of Hong Kong, "National Law Reform in China for Animals"

10:50 Coffee Break

11:10 Panel #2 Animal Issues in the European Union 

Chair: Marguerite Kuzma, European Commission, Director General Health and Consumers, Unit Animal Welfare
  • Associate Professor Francesca Rescigno, Universita Di Bologna, Italy, "Italian Animal Law"

  • Professor Regina Binder, University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, "Legal Protection of Laboratory Animals in the EU"
  • Marguerite Kuzma, European Commission, Director General Health and Consumers, Unit Animal Welfare, "40 years of EU Policies on Animal Welfare"

12:40 Lunch Break

Afternoon breakout sessions with choice of two panels:

2:00 Panel #3 – Teaching Animal Law 

Chair: Natasha Dolezal, Director LLM program, Lewis & Clark College of Law, United States
  • Professor Maria Baideldinova, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, “My Experiences in Teaching Animal Law for the first time in my Country”

  • Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch, Lewis & Clark Law School, United States, "Building an Education Center in Animal Law"

  • Tagore Trajano, PhD, Animal Law, Brazil, "How to bring Animal Law to the Classrooms of Brazil"

  • Carlos Contreras, PhD, Animal Law, Colombia\Spain "How the Master’s Degree in Animal Law & Society at the Autonomous University of Barcelona Enhances the Legal Knowledge about Animals within a Global Context."


2:00 Panel #4 – Global Issues 

Chair: Enrique Alonso, Permanent State Councillor, Spain
  • Paul Littlefair, International Director, RSPCA, UK. "Animal Law Enforcement (inspectorate systems) in East Asia"

  • Dr. Gieri Bolliger, Attorney, Executive Director of Foundation for the Animal in the Law, Switzreland, "Protection of Dignity: Switzerland Sets a New Standard in Animal Law"

  • Professor Thomas Kelch, University of Whittier, United States, "Toward Universal Principles for Global Animal Advocacy"

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00 Featured Speakers #1 

Chair: Professor David Favre, Michigan State University College of Law, Editor-in-Chief:

Antoine F. Goetschel, J.D., Attorney, GAL President, and Sabine Brels, J.D.- student, GAL Manager, Switzerland, “The Global Animal Law Project: A Visionary and Realistic Interactive Platform on”

4:30 Featured Speakers #2 

Chair: Joyce Tischler, Founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, united States

Steve Wise, Non-Human Animal Rights Program, United States,“Update on Litigation Filed on Behalf of Chimpanzees”

5:00 End of Presentations

7.00 Reception hosted by Barcelona City Council.


Friday, 11th

9:00 WELCOME to Day 2

Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch

9:20 Panel #5 Animal Issues around the World 

Chair: Professor Heron José de Santana Gordilho, Universidade Federal de Bahia, Brazil
  • Professor David Bilchitz, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, "Animal Interests and South African Law: the Elephant in the Room?"

  • Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, Spain “How Increasing Awareness of Animal Sentience Impacts Animal Law”

  • Associate Professor Alex Bruce, Australian National university College of Law, "International Trade in Live Animals"

10:50 Coffee Break

11:10 Panel #6 Agricultural Animal Issues 

Chair: Jean-Marc Neumann, Lawyer, Founder and Editor of, France
  • Professor David Cassuto, Pace Law School, United States, "Free Speech and Viwing Agricultural Animal Facilities"

  • Professor Martine LaChance, Université du Québec à Montréal, "Considerations of Humane Slaughter Laws and Religious Slaughter"

  • Professor Peter Sankoff, University of Alberta, "Canadian Codes for Regulation of Agricultural Animals"

  • Senior Researcher Birgitta Wahlberg, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, "The Regulation of Commercial Turkey Operations"

12:40 Lunch Break

Afternoon Breakout with choice of one of two panels

2:00 Panel #7 – Young Scholar Presentations 

Chair: Steve Wise, President, Nonhuman Rights Project
  • Moe Honjo, LLM student at Lewis & Clark Law School, "introduction to Japanese Animal Law and Dramatic Changes to Animal Shelter"

  • Loïs Lelanchon, PhD candidate at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, "Comparison of Spanish and French Law"

  • Cristina Bécares and María González, Spanish attorneys “Update of Spanish Animal Law"

  • Samuel Leon, PhD candidate, Universidad Autònoma de México, Mexico, "Progress and Challenges of Animal Law in Mexico"


2:00 Panel #8 – Cultural Perspectives

Chair: Professor Deborah Cao, School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University, Australia
  • Professor Olivier Le Bot, Aix-Marseille University, France "The limitation of animal protection for religious or cultural reasons"

  • Natasha Dolezal, Director LLM Programme, Lewis & Clark Law School, United States, "Kenya Legal Project"

  • Associate Professor Gustavo Federico de Baggis, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina, "Arthur Bear´s Dilemma"

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00 Featured Speakers #3 

Chair: Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, creator of the Animal Law Program at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Professor David Favre, Michigan State University College of Law, United States, “An Idea for Animal Rights, A Path for Animal Welfare"

4:30 Featured Speakers #4 

Chair: Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch, Executive Director of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, united States

Joyce Tischler, Founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, "How Litigation can be used to Protect Animals"

5:00 End of Conference


Please find the download version of the Programme of the II Global Animal Law Conference here

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