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03 Dec 2015

2015 essay competition winners announced

03 DECEMBER 2015 Natalie Kyneswood, who is studying an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Bristol, has won this year’s ALAW student essay competition. From left to right: Natalie Kyneswood, Grace Wright and Emily Au. The contest saw law students from all over the world submit their answers to the question: “The Hunting Act 2004 has been a useless piece of legislation and therefore should be repealed.” Discuss. The winning essay will be published in the ALAW journal. […]

13 May 2015

Call for papers – illegal hunting

13 May 2015 Papers are invited for a special illegal hunting themed issue of the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Justice. Guest editors: Angus Nurse, Middlesex University, London and Hans Peter Hansen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Illegal hunting constitutes an expression of contested legitimacy of wildlife regulation across the world. Community support for the practice has roused the attention of multiple disciplines towards understanding the crime and mitigating its development, while researchers have also explored challenges in […]

29 Apr 2015

US Judge issues Order to Show Cause for chimpanzees

29 April 2015 For the first time in history, a court in the United States has issued an Order to Show Cause on behalf of a non-human animal. The case was brought by the Non-human Rights Project (NhRP) on behalf of two chimpanzees used for biomedical research at Stony Brook University (NY). The Order now requires the University to provide a legally sufficient reason for detaining the chimpanzees. The NhRP believes this is a promising step towards the recognition of […]

20 Apr 2015

Applications invited for the Animal Law LLM Scholarship

20 April 2015 We are pleased to share with you some exciting news from Natasha Dolezal, J.D., who is Director of the Animal Law LL.M. Program at the Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School, USA: I am writing to share with you an exciting opportunity for European lawyers interested in animal law. We are pleased to announce, along with Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR), the TIR European Scholar LL.M. Award for the academic year […]

10 Apr 2015

2015 Essay Competition – call for entries

10 April 2015 “The Hunting Act 2004 has been a useless piece of legislation and therefore should be repealed” Discuss. This year’s essay competition is now open, with the chance to win £100 of book vouchers and have your essay published in the Journal of Animal Welfare Law. Update: The closing date has been extended to 5pm on 28th August 2015. For full details click here.

26 Mar 2015

Sentencing Council consultation on guidelines for dangerous dog offences

26 March 2015 The Sentencing Council is consulting on a comprehensive revision of the guidelines for dangerous dog offences. The consultation comes in response to the substantial amendments made to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, enacted in May 2014 through ss.106 and 107 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The amendments to the legislation include increased maximum penalties for dangerous dog offences and the introduction of the new offence of attacks on an assistance dog. The substantial […]

26 Mar 2015

Enforcement – the conundrum at the heart of animal welfare policy?

‘The independent review of the prosecution activity of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ by Stephen Wooler CB Monday 27 April 2015 at 6pm, at Doughty Street Chambers, London ALAW is pleased to host this seminar and discussion around the enforcement regime for animal cruelty offences, including an in-depth look at the Wooler review. Mike Radford will discuss the implications of the review, the RSPCA’s response and the possible landscape for the future prosecution of animal cruelty […]

20 Feb 2015

Discussion about legal personhood

20 February 2015 The UK Human Rights Blog have posted an interesting article entitled ‘Slaves, animals and Lord Mansfield’. The article starts: A fascinating riff has been playing around the London Review of Books since Stephen Sedley (erstwhile Sedley LJ) reviewed a biography of the 18th century judge Lord Mansfield… but the excellent letters of response are open access. Mansfield is perhaps best known by commercial lawyers for injecting into the hitherto archaic English commercial law some element of rationality. […]

16 Dec 2014

Landmark animal testing case referred to EU

16 December 2014 The following report comes to us from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV): Mr Justice Lewis has today given judgment in the High Court in London on the judicial review brought by the European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients Manufacturers (EFfCI), which represents 90% of the EU cosmetics ingredients industry. Yet again, some parts of the animal-testing cosmetics industry are trying to severely weaken the EU animal cosmetics bans, which would allow thousands of animals […]

25 Nov 2014

Lion Ark Gala Screening

25 November 2014 Special Gala Screening of Lion Ark, the award-winning documentary about Animal Defenders International’s rescue of 25 lions from circuses in Bolivia “The feel-good movie of the year” – Reel Talk After banning circuses, Bolivia brought back Animal Defenders International to track down those that were defying the law and to get the lions back. The film will take “you to the heart of a rescue – the fear, the joy and the story of the real stars […]