This year the conference will take place in person at Birmingham City University. The conference is hosted by the UK Centre for Animal Law and the Animals, Nature, & Society Research Stream (Centre for Human Rights, Birmingham City University).

Below you can read about our speakers, including our keynote speakers. You can find a detailed programme for the two days below as well as description of the workshops.

You can reserve your place below to join us on May 29 and 30, 2024, below. We hope to see you there!


Pamela Frasch, Professor of Law and the Brooks McCormick, Jr. Scholar of Animal Law & Policy at Lewis & Clark Law School, has been a pioneer in the field of animal law for over 30 years. In 2008, Pamela founded the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark, the first-ever academic center for animal law. She is co-author of Animal Law, Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 7th edition forthcoming in 2024)), Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 3rd edition 2020), as well as numerous articles and book. Previously, Pamela served as the first-ever General Counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.



Bradshaw is a Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Arizona State University, a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability, and a Faculty Fellow at Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. Prominent national media outlets including Forbes, Fortune, The Atlantic, and The New York Times have featured Bradshaw’s research. Bradshaw is the author of several books, including the forthcoming Rights of Nature: Creating Interspecies Equity,  Depolarized: How Stakeholder Collaborations are Breaking Gridlock (Columbia), and the internationally acclaimed book Wildlife as Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights (Chicago). Wildlife as Property Owners was featured in the Official 2022 GRAMMY gift bags and was “highly recommended” in a Forbes book review


Philip Lymbery is Global Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF). He is visiting Professor at the University of Winchester, President of Eurogroup for Animals, and is a founding Board member of the World Federation for Animals (WFA). Philip is also a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle, Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, and UN ambassadorial ‘Champion’ for the 2021 Food Systems Summit in New York. Philip regularly writes and speaks internationally on animal ethics and the global effects of industrial agriculture (factory farming). His most recent books include Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat (Bloomsbury, 2014), Dead Zone: Where the Wild Things Were (Bloomsbury, 2017), and Sixty Harvests Left: How to Reach a Nature-friendly Future (Bloomsbury, 2022). 


Amy currently practises as a barrister at Six Pump Court Chambers in London. She has a diverse common law practice which includes criminal, regulatory, civil and family law. She has a long-standing interest in animal welfare and environmental issues, which she intends to incorporate into her practice at the Bar. 


Andrew Knight is a Veterinary Professor of Animal Welfare affiliated with Australia’s Griffith University, a European, British and American Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. His numerous publications, websites, and social media videos on animal advocacy issues have attracted multiple awards. 



Ankita Shanker is a social entrepreneur and legal researcher specialised in Public International Law, Animal Law, and Legal Philosophy and Theory. She earned her post-graduate degree in law from Oxford University and qualified as a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales. Ankita is now working towards her doctorate in Animal Rights Legal Philosophy and Theory at the Universities of Basel and Helsinki. She is also the Founder and Director of the first world moot on International Law and animal rights, comprising an international mooting competition and mooting/coaching training courses.


Carley is a Lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University. She is close to the completion of her PhD, which is due to be submitted in summer 2024. Carley‘s thesis considers the effectiveness of animal experimentation legislation in the UK, and Carley specialises in Animal Law predominantly, but also has expertise in Criminal Law, Human Rights/ESC Rights and Medical Law. Carley is a Contributing Editor for the UK Journal of Animal Law’. 


Cynthia von Schlichten is a U.S. lawyer and lifelong animal rights advocate. She is currently the General Counsel for Farm Sanctuary, Inc. Cynthia has an LLM in Animal Law from Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) and is an adjunct professor for CALS. She is a also regular speaker on animal rights issues. 


Dara Eisen is a 4th year PhD Candidate at Durham University with the thesis title: ‘Reconsidering the International Legal Approach to “Harmful” Cultural practices.’ This research compares female genital cutting, male circumcision, and whaling to use animal law as a means of approaching cultural relativism from a new perspective. 



Dr Debbie Legge has spoken, researched, and published on animal law and water issues. She is an Associate Lecturer at The Open University in public and international environment law/space law. Debbie also supervises students undertaking research in the policy clinic and  on  the exploring legal boundaries  course. 



Demi holds a law degree (BCL) from University College Dublin and is an Associate in the Asset Management team of an international law firm. Inspired by her love of dogs & past volunteer work, Demi is currently working to create a network for legal professionals in Ireland interested in animal law. 


Having completed her LL.M. and M.Phil. specialising in animal welfare laws, Dulki is a Senior Executive Researcher at the Centre for Environmental Law and Policy of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. She is the first Sri Lankan recipient of a full scholarship from Lewis & Clark Law School in the USA, to study in the renowned Online LLM in Animal Law programme.  


Dr. Felix Aiwanger is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. In 2023 he served as legal advisor to the State Animal Protection Commissioner of Berlin. His current research focuses on legal subjectivity from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. 


Gabriella is a second-year student at the Vermont Law School and has always had a passion for animal rights. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2021 with a double major in Psychology and English. Currently, Gabriella resides in Vermont with her lucky black cats, Willie and Cupcake. 


Giulia, Global Policy Lead at Aquatic Life Institute, is a fervent advocate for global animal welfare, specializing in aquatic life. With extensive expertise in animal welfare science, breeding techniques, and law, she seeks innovative approaches to enhance animal welfare standards. Giulia enjoys merging diverse perspectives to advance animal rights. 


Recent graduate from the University of Winchester with a Masters in Animal Welfare, Behaviour, Ethics and Law. A career spanning teaching at FE level, volunteer management at animal welfare charities, and currently working in HE. Passionate about the integration of animal welfare education into primary and secondary schools. 


Helen Uchenna Agu, (PhD, LL.M, LL.B, BL, BSc), is a Senior lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus with research special focus on wildlife and biodiversity crime. She is an African Futures Fellow of the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) at Michigan State University, USA, (2019-2020). 


Hiroyoshi AOKI is a lecturer at Okinawa International University and Vice Director of the Okinawa Institute of Law and Politics. Specializing in Comparative Constitutional Law and Animal Law, he earned his Ph.D. in Law from Chuo University and his Master’s in Law from Tsukuba University. 


Jamie McLaughlin is an environmental and animal law attorney.  She serves as Vice President UIA Animal Law Commission. Jamie received her J.D. with a Certificate in Public Interest Law from DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, and her animal law LL.M. from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.   


Presently residing in Columbia, South Carolina, Jayde Huffman is currently enrolled as an online student in the Master of Animal Protection Policy program at Vermont Law and Graduate School. She is passionately devoted to improving treatment and welfare standards for all species of animals through public policy reform  


Jennifer Bass will graduate from Vermont Law and Graduate School. Her recent experience includes interning for the International Animal Welfare Fund, Materra, and Yales LEAP. She is on the board of the VJEL. She has spoken at serval conferences on her note, and it will be published shortly. 


Associate Professor Jennifer Maher’s (University of South Wales) expertise lies in environmental crime, human-animal studies, and youth violence and victimisation. She publishes widely on animal abuse, dangerous dogs, illegal pet trades and wildlife crime, having attracted funding for her research from national and international governing bodies and NGOs. 



Jessie Hellier is Policy Officer at Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments (FRAME). Jessie holds an MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law. Her work focuses on the legal frameworks that cover animal use in science and replacement methodologies, with a focus on basic and applied research. 



Katerina Stoykova is a PhD student in the NRP79 project “Implementation of the 3Rs in Swiss Law” at the chair of Prof. Dr. Margot Michel at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich. Her thesis focuses on how to accelerate regulatory acceptance of non-animal methods for regulatory toxicity testing. 



Kat’s research focuses on constitutional theory and farmed animal policy. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and City, University of London and worked for PETA. She currently studies the LLM in Animal Law at CALS and is co-founder of an animal law and policy thinktank launching in April. 


Marine is a PhD candidate in Global Animal Law and a pre-doctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she taught Animal Law. A passionate advocate for animal rights who believes in the power of legal education, she recently established the International Institute of Animal Rights Law and Policy, a global educational and advocacy NGO dedicated to advancing animal rights.


Marlene Schaffer is an environmental lawyer at the Austrian environmental alliance ÖKOBÜRO. Her work primarily focuses on nature and species protection law. At the end of 2023, she co-founded the animal rights organisation “Austrian legal society for animal welfare law”, where she is committed on improving the legal status of animals. 



Maya Pardo recently earned a Postgraduate diploma in Law and Professional Practice from King’s College London. She recently published a guide called, “Rights of Nature Toolkit: How to Protect Rivers in England and Wales” and is a trustee of The Animal Advocacy Project. 



Mirela Župan is full professor of law at Osijek University, Croatia. Her main research interests are European and international law (in particular of persons/families; companion animals; digitalization of cross-border proceedings). She actively participates in scientific projects and collaborations, publishes (journal articles, books, handbooks, commentaries), and keeps a constant dialogue with academia, practitioners, judges, policymakers and other stakeholders at events she co-organizes/participates in. 


Naomi is an AHRC PhD candidate in Philosophy and Law at Durham University. After completing an animal jurisprudence course with the late Steven Wise and, following a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Oxford, she studied Law in London. In her free-time she can likely be found rehabilitating injured pigeons! 


Dr. Nivedita Chaudhary is working as the Assistant Professor at the IIULER, Goa. She has served more than 5 years in academics and research. She completed her BALLB(Hons.) with RMNLU Lucknow and recently completed her Ph.D. from the Indian Law Institute (ILI), New Delhi. Her area of interest is International Environmental Law. Nivedita is deeply engaged with legal research, having made a number of notable publications and holding editorial positions at several reputed journals across the nation. 


Nicole Lüthi is a PhD student in the NRP79 project “Implementation of the 3Rs in Swiss Law” at the chair of Prof. Dr. Margot Michel at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich. Her dissertation focuses on a comparison between animal experimentation law and human research law. 


Dr Joe Wills is a lecturer at the University of Leicester. He publishes widely in the field of animal law and provides academic consultancy, research and legal briefs for numerous animal protection organisations in the UK and overseas. He is on the Board of Advisers to the Animal Law Foundation.



Rachel holds a law degree from University College Dublin (BCL) and Masters in law from Trinity College Dublin (LL.M). Since 2020, Rachel has been actively volunteering with Animal Law Ireland, a resource for the public, and various stakeholders on the legal landscape for animals in Ireland. 


Teja, a Kathak dancer and animal welfare researcher, blends art with advocacy. Holding a Master’s in Sociology from Hyderabad University, He has enriched FWI’s R&D team through insightful research with fish farmers over the past two and half years. Passionate about meditation, charming street cats with ‘pss-pss‘, and exploring new places. 


Rimona Afana is a Romanian–Palestinian researcher, lecturer, activist, and multimedia artist working on environmental harms, nonhuman rights, violent conflicts, state crimes, and colonial legacies. 


Ruth manages the Sustain alliance’s work on the Climate and Nature Emergency, working to make food a central part of policies to tackle the climate and nature emergency at a local and national level. Ruth has led campaigns at Sustain for over eight years, joining from the Marine Stewardship Council. 



Dr Sabine Brels is a lawyer dedicated to advancing animal protection law worldwide, both in theory and in practice. In the last 15 years, she led animal law projects for various NGOs: Global Animal Law, World Federation for Animals, Eurogroup for Animals, and Compassion in World Farming. She is the founding President of World Animal Justice (WAJ). 


Sam is a 1st year PhD candidate in Animal Law at Birmingham City University. Sam’s thesis explores whether incorporating intersectional and posthumanist theory within animal law could enable it to tackle nonhuman animal issues and social justice issues faced by marginalised human groups more effectively. Moreover, it explores the process of social change and how we can use law to facilitate positive social change for animals. 


Stephen Forster LLB (Hons), Barrister at Law (Lincolns Inn) (unregistered), Lecturer in Law & Policing at Leeds Trinity University, interests include animal law and criminal liability with a particular interest in criminal law & procedure relating to dogs. I have several recent contributions in the UK Journal of Animal Law.   


Stephen Forster LLB (Hons), Barrister at Law (Lincolns Inn) (unregistered), Lecturer in Law & Policing at Leeds Trinity University, interests include animal law and criminal liability with a particular interest in criminal law & procedure relating to dogs. I have several recent contributions in the UK Journal of Animal Law.   


Steven McCulloch is Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Studies at the University of Winchester, UK. Steven qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol and holds a BA Philosophy from Birkbeck College. He has a PhD from the Royal Veterinary College. Steven is Head of Research at the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation. 



Dr Steven White is a senior lecturer at Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Brisbane, AustraliaHe teaches and researches in the broad area of animal law, ethics and policy. Steven has published widely in the field of animal law, including in the area of farm animal protection law. 


Tamara has completed a MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law and is currently completing a PhD in Animal Welfare Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research focuses on the limitations of the legal and regulatory framework when considering the breeding of dogs to an extreme conformation. She is also a member of LAGECDogs. 


Dr. Taniya Malik is presently teaching law at Maharaja Surajmal Institute (affiliated to GGSIPU), New Delhi. She has completed her Ph.D. and LL.M. from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. In the past, she has also taught at many reputed institutions, including IIM Rohtak, University of Delhi, & TERI SAS. Her areas of specialization include Environmental and Constitutional Law. 



Mr. Udit Raj Sharma is working as the Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) at the UPES School of Law, Dehradun and served more than five years in academics. He did BALLB (Hons. with specialization in Energy Laws ) from UPES Dehradun and pursued LLM from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. Udit is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the domain of Animal law in India. He is a passionate academician and researcher at law.  



During a break from her career as a solicitor, Vanessa gained extensive experience in farm animals on her smallholdingHer passion for animal welfare led her to recently undertake a PG Dip in Animal Welfare Science, Policy & Legislation at Hartpury University, graduating with DistinctionShe works for APGAW as legal advisor and is a member of LAGECDogs. 


Veerle Platvoet is a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. Her research concerns the interaction between environmental law and animal welfare law and aims to analyze the legal status of wild animals in Europe. Other interests include critical approaches to biodiversity conservation, wildlife ethics, and wild animal rights. 


Yolanda Eisenstein is a US attorney whose expertise includes animal and nonprofit law. She is president of the Animal Law Commission of Paris-based Union Internationale des Avocats. She graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law, where she was an adjunct professor of animal and wildlife law. Eisenstein is the author of Careers in Animal Law and The American Bar Association Guide to Dog Laws, and co-editor of Representing Animal Protection Organization and Wildlife Law & Ethics. 


Rebecca is an Animal Law attorney who specializes in animals used in science. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she works as part of Dr. Paul Locke’s Toxicology Research Policy team to advocate for alternatives to animals used in science and research. In addition to law, Rebecca is passionate about ethics. She holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in bioethics and is a graduate of the Charles W. Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics Fellowship. Rebecca is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School Animal Law LLM program. She serves as chair for the Science & Technology Subcommittee of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee and the past-chair for the Indiana State Bar Association Animal Law Section.


Ms. Aditi Pateriya is currently working as an Assistant Professor at School of Law, UPES (Dehradun, India), and also pursuing Ph.D. from Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (Patiala, India) in the field of Animal laws. 


B.Sc, psychology major – University of Toronto, Canada. B.Ed English Teaching, University of Warsaw, Poland. MA English Philology, University of Warsaw, Poland. MA Law, European School of Law and Administration, Warsaw, Poland. Ph.D candidate in law, at Kozminski University in Warsaw, Poland (animal law). 


Professor Scholtz is Head of School and Professor of Global Environmental Law at Southampton Law School, University of Southampton, UK. Werner specialises in international environmental law and his current research focuses on the consequences of the increasing importance of animal welfare for international wildlife law. 


Katherine, an Assistant Advocate in Browne Jacobson LLP’s Barristers team, conducts investigations for a government regulator. Formerly a County Court Advocate and Family Law Paralegal, she also practiced in International Human Rights and Employment Law. Katherine is presently authoring a book addressing the topic of Pet Loss and Grief.  



Dr Mariia Domina, Assistant Professor in Business Law, University of Lorraine; External Research Fellow, M-EPLI, University of Maastricht. Her research interests include interdisciplinary research & comparative banking, financial and corporate law. 



Erin (LLB, LLM, MPhil (Indigenous)) is a human rights researcher focusing on state responses to state violence. Her work encourages the realisation of rights in parallel to promoting agency to enforce those rights. Erin is Director of the newly established Global Advocacy Alliance NGO and completing her PhD in Philosophy (Indigenous) at the Indigenous Education and Research Centre in Queensland, Australia.



Paula is Chairperson of the UK Centre for Animal Law (A-law). She was previous in practice as a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Paula has an interest in animal law and regularly lectures and writes on topics around animal law and policy; she is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Winchester where she teaches animal law and policy. She also has experience in the voluntary sector, where she worked prior to starting independent practice as a barrister.


Dr Iyan Offor is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Birmingham City University and leader of the Animals, Nature & Society Research Stream (Centre for Human Rights). Iyan conducts socio-legal and theoretical research on global animal law, global environmental law, intersectionality, queer theory, posthumanism, and law & literature. Iyan recently published his monograph Global Animal Law from the Margins.


Michelle is in the second year of her PhD at BCU where she is researching how to include multispecies perspectives in law making. Prior to undertaking her studies Michelle practiced as a solicitor in New Zealand and the UK. Alongside her studies she is also the founder and trustee of The Animal Advocacy Project (TAAP). 

Animal Rights Moot Workshop

There is a palpable need for the development of animal rights litigation worldwide, to safeguard animal interests effectively. The impact of such litigation can extend beyond judicial decisions, influencing new directions for scholarly research, and new ideas and priorities for policy-making in the realm of animal rights. Although judges have begun to engage in a transboundary discourse on animal protection, Animal Law proper still doesn’t exist in many jurisdictions. Moreover, there is still wide-scale resistance to Animal Law from state actors and members of the civil society. Although judges have begun to engage in a transboundary discourse on animal protection, Animal Law proper still doesn’t exist in many jurisdictions. Moreover, there is still wide-scale resistance to Animal Law from state actors and members of the civil society. The need of the hour, therefore, is to train future generations of animal rights lawyers in effective advocacy, building on global developments in the field. Our workshop is designed to help participants improve their understanding of Animal Rights Law through a speed moot. During the speed moot, participants will be given a moot problem on the spot and provided with resources on which they can rely to formulate their arguments. Participants will then present their arguments orally to a panel of judges who are Animal Law specialists. The judges will provide feedback on the participants’ oral presentations. Through this, we will conduct a live demonstration to showcase how animals are or can be legally represented in various courts (actual or future, real or hypothetical). Participants will learn how to think on their feet to persuade judges of their arguments, taking inspiration from real-life Animal Law cases across the globe. For the non-participating audience, this will be an opportunity to observe and understand the intricacies of litigating and judging Animal Law cases.

Animal Rights, Rights of Nature Workshop

Around the world, the Rights of Nature movement seeks to recognise the intrinsic value of nature by establishing legal personhood for nature. Animals are part of that natural environment by definition. What can the Rights of Nature lens add to the current approach to the protection of animal rights? Maya recently developed a 130pp legal toolkit called Rights of Nature Toolkit: How to Protect Rivers in England and Wales ( In this workshop she shares some of the ideas she has been researching relating to wildlife in and around rivers. Using the surface water environment and fish as a focus, the workshop will explore to what extent existing laws can be re-imagined as Rights of Nature laws. For example, this includes prosecutions under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPRs), and the Habitats Directive and associated Conservation of Habitats Regulations. The workshop will discuss successful recent cases using ecocentric approaches to legal protection for freshwater and fish. From prosecutions by the Environment Agency to the use of the Habitats Directive due to overfishing of Atlantic Salmon and water abstraction by farmers. This is contrasted with anthropocentric laws such as fishing rights (in which fish are considered property). Is giving rights to anglers who cause pain to fish as part of their sport the best approach? Or should such cases be dealt with under ecocentric laws by the Environment Agency?

Animals Under the UN Umbrella: Enforcing International Human Rights Workshop

Erin Leach

The United Nations system of human rights is monitored by two mechanisms: (1) charter-based bodies (such as the Sustainable Development Goals) and (2) treaty-based bodies. In this workshop Erin spotlights the latter. Looking at the general comments and concluding observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Erin outlines how the treaty is presently being used to advocate for and protect animal rights. The treaty-based individual communications mechanism offers a further layer of protection and an opportunity for animal experts and advocates to add the voices of animals directly into the UN dialogue of rights. Stepping away from domestic law and straight into the international framework, workshop participants will recieve a 15-minute lesson on how to write their own communication before being challenged to do so. The workshop will finish with an open discussion on the directions for animal rights under the UN and how animal advocates may push for progress within its umbrella.

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