Where to Study Animal Law
There is significant interest in studying animal law, and more colleges and universities are offering courses. Read on to find out which establishments offer animal law modules.
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courses and modules about animal law and related content in the UK and beyond.
Law degrees offering animal law modules
University of Essex
Birmingham City University
University of Aberdeen
The LLB (Hons) offers an Animal Welfare Law optional module available in the first, third or fourth year taught by Mike Radford, who has an OBE for services to animal welfare. Find out more here.
The LLB (Hons) degree offers an Animal Law module as a second year optional module taught by Debbie Rook and Dr Rachel Dunn. Visit the website for more info.
Liverpool John Moores University
University of Cambridge
A half paper in Animal Rights Law is offered in Part II of the Cambridge BA in Law programme starting in October 2021. For information, contact [email protected].
University of East Anglia
University of Lincoln
The LLB (Hons) course offers a third year module in Nature Conservation Law, led by Dr VA Jenkins. Visit the website for more information.
University of Winchester
This BA (Hons) Animal Welfare and Society degree offers Animal Welfare Law and Policy as a Second-year module. Contact [email protected].
University of Oxford Animal Law Discussion Group
Did you know that there is an Animal Law Discussion Group (ALDG) at the University of Oxford? The Co-convenors are Anne Lansink, Robyn Trigg and Suzanne Zaccour. ALDG is ‘a newly established group aiming to provide a forum for discussion between students, faculty members, and practitioners on topics relating to animal law.’ The Group is open access and you can join the ALDG mailing list, by emailing [email protected]. Visit the website to find out more.
Criminology degrees offering animal related modules
The Criminology Degree at Northumbria University offers a module in Crime, Animals & the Environment in the final year. Visit the website to find out more.
Dr Tanya Wyatt, Professor of Criminology at Northumbria University specialises in green criminology. Her expertise centres on wildlife crime and trafficking, non-human animal abuse and welfare, and the intersections of organised crime, corporate crime, and corruption. Other research interests are crimes of the powerful, particularly industrial agriculture and pollution.
Nottingham Trent University
NTU criminology students can learn about green crime and enforcement throughout all three years of the undergraduate Criminology Degree. In the first year, Explaining Criminal Behaviour examines green criminology theory (including species justice and conceptions on animal rights). In Year 2, students examine UK animal harm in the Crime Reduction and Community Safety module. Third year students have an International Crime module with sessions on wildlife trafficking.
Dr Angus Nurse is Head of Criminology and Criminal Justice at NTU. He is the author of several books and chapters on wildlife crime and has published extensively in this field. PhD opportunities in animal crime are available at NTU and Angus is also happy to surpervise projects in this area.
University of South Wales
Jenny Maher, Senior Lecturer in Criminology teaches on the Criminology programme. Her expertise includes Green Criminology, Environmental Crime, Animal Abuse and Youth Violence.
Wrexham Glyndwr University
As part of the BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice programme, they offer two modules: Criminology and Crime and Criminal Behaviour and a couple of the lectures focus on aspects of Green Criminology, namely Environmental Criminology, Environmental Justice and Species Justice. “We investigate the debates around behaviours that are not deemed illegal but perhaps ought to be, for example, the negative impact of human action against the environment and non-human animals.” Further details about the programme can be found here. Dr Caroline Gorden teaches the courses and she is the author of A Criminological Exploration of the UK Dairy Industry.
An Introduction to Environmental & Wildlife Crime Summer School
The Global Summer School course provides an introduction to environmental crime and wildlife crime and how justice systems deal with, and respond to, current threats to the environment and non-human nature. It introduces ideas in green criminology particularly concerned with environmental harms and crimes against the environment and animals. On this course you will cover topics such as:
• Introduction to green criminology
• Causes of environmental crime & criminality
• Wildlife Crime
• Climate change criminology & climate justice
• Corporate environmental crime
This course is ideal for undergraduate criminology and law students, and those looking for an introduction to environmental and wildlife crime issues. It is anticipated this course will run again in 2022 (TBC).
Postgraduate degrees offering animal related modules
University of Winchester
The University of Winchester offers an MSc Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law via distance learning. The website states: ‘Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law at Winchester critically reflects upon contemporary uses of animals, and provides the academic skills and expertise needed to protect animals and advance their welfare. Winchester is a world leader in terms of the values held and discussed, such as compassion and social justice, which are central to the ethos of this course.’ For details visit the website or contact [email protected].
Hartpury University’s MSc Animal Welfare, Policy & Legislation is offered as an online postgraduate degree. According to their website ‘This exciting new online postgraduate degree has been designed to meet emerging animal welfare challenges linked to the UK legal system. You’ll apply theory to practice in real-world settings, enabling you to progress into a management role.’
Queen Mary University of London
QMUL’s School of Law is the first in the UK to offer Animal Law as part of its formal postgraduate degree. If you are seeking a Master of Laws with the option of studying animal law modules, there are two fully accredited LLM modules in Animal Law at QMUL: Animal Law, Welfare & Trade (SOLM025) and Animal Law, Media & Culture (SOLM026). The modules are run by Professor Johanna Gibson, who is researching and publishing in animal law and welfare and has been appointed legal expert to the Home Office Animals in Science Committee. She is also the author of Owned, An Ethological Jurisprudence of Property: From the Cave to the Commons. For more information contact [email protected] or visit the website.
University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh offers an MSc / PGDip / PGCert in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law via distance learning. The website states, ‘The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.’ Contact [email protected] or visit the website for more information.
University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow offers an MSc in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics & Law. The websites states, ‘Animal welfare science and ethics is an expanding topic of international concern. It aims to improve our knowledge and understanding of animals’ needs, which is required to provide a high standard of care to the whole range of animals kept in captivity…..Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).’ For more information, contact [email protected].
Postgraduate courses in animal law are becoming increasingly popular. The MSc courses in animal welfare, science, ethics and law at the Universtieis of Winchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow offer the chance for students to combine study about animal welfare science, as well as law and ethics modules. A new course in Animal Welfare, Policy & Legislation is being offered at Hartpury University and at QMUL there is an option to study LLM animal law modules.
Rest of the World
International options to study animal law
INDIA: MA in Animal Protection Laws
The Animal Law Centre at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR University of Law) in collaboration with Humane Society International/India has launched India’s first MA in Animal Protection Laws. It is a two year distance learning program. It also has an option for lateral exit after one year which leads to an Advanced Diploma in Animal Protection Laws.
Ms. Aditi Bardia, Student Ambassador at A-Law interviewed Ms. Sonia Shad, Manager, Animal Law Centre, NALSAR to learn more about the M.A and animal law career pathways in India. Read about MA- Animal Protection Laws here to discover more about this pioneering new animal law course.
International: LLM In Animal Law
International: MSL In Animal Law
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