Those who practise, research and teach law can help animals in many ways. Read on to find out how you can use your legal experience and expertise to benefit animals. We work with a wide team of legal volunteers who help us by writing articles, analysing aspects of the law relating to animals, speaking to students, helping with specific projects for animal groups, and contributing to legal training and events.
Animals need experts! Find out how…
you can get involved in A-LAW’s work and put your legal skills to work for animals.
Pro Bono & Voluntary Work
We are seeking legal professionals who wish to be part of a growing community of lawyers dedicated to improving the protection of animals through the law.
Getting involved in the process of law reform, for example, by responding to governmental consultations, lawyers can help draft legislation and ensure that animal protection legislation is interpreted with animal protection in mind. Our policy team and working groups help deliver impartial, objective advice to NGOs and inform the legal policy making process.
Whatever your area of practice, you can use your legal skills to help animals. The work that we do would not be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers who deliver A-LAW’s core services. IT, administrative, marketing, financial and all other kinds of non-legal skills are also needed.
Download our Volunteer Form here.
Attend or help deliver our Events & Training
Animals cannot speak for themselves. They rely upon interested groups to ensure the law is applied correctly and fairly on their behalf. A-LAW runs seminars and other training events so that those who have taken on this responsibility are provided with the right support to undertake this important work. We also help organise legal speakers for university groups and are actively seeking speakers in a range of legal disciplines to help us to educate the next generation. Please contact us if you are interested in speaking at a future event.
Alternatively, if you are still finding out more yourself, please come along to one of our events to expand your knowledge and network with other interested professionals, scientists, vets, academics and others who all contribute to strengthen existing animal protection law.
Help to Shape the Debate
Lawyers can contribute to the debate about animal protection law and ethics and use their legal skills to ensure that the law works for animals, that it is fair and just and properly enforced.
Lawyers are often well placed to contribute to discussions about the philosophies on which animal protection laws are based. Lawyers should understand the philosophy and jurisprudence behind animal welfare law and be ready to defend the interests of animals when the law is simply unjust or not properly enforced.
Lawyers for Animal Welfare
The UK Centre of Animal Law (A-LAW) was originally launched as ‘Lawyers for Animal Welfare’ to provide a forum for lawyers who wanted to improve animal protection by volunteering their legal skills.
Although we have expanded and welcome anyone interested in animal protection through law, we are still pleased to act as a hub for lawyers and proud to showcase the work of many inspirational lawyers and legal academics who dedicate their free time to form or lead animal welfare charities or contribute to their work.
We are also pleased to offer information and support to lawyers who want to make their practices more animal friendly, from hospitality provisions to Corporate Social Responsibility policies and horse hair free wigs.
Help us to fundraise
We are an extremely active charity, and thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we can operate on a modest budget. However, funds are needed to help us deliver vital legal help, training, and support to animal welfare charities and NGOs, who would otherwise be unable to access these services.
Lawyers play a vital role in fundraising to support the work of the A-LAW and we would be interested to hear from anyone interested in helping us in this way. We invite the legal community to become part of the animal law community by raising funds through activities, corporate sponsorship, or donations.
We need your support to help raise funds to coordinate these efforts and ensure that animal interests are represented at the highest level. Please consider donating or get in touch if your are interested in finding out more.
Become an A-LAW Member
Membership is vitally important to our work and also carries with it a range of benefits including subscription to The UK Journal of Animal Law, free or reduced price entry for our events and seminars and an opportunity to attend and participate in Trustee meetings. You will also be part of a growing community concerned with improving legal protections for animals.
Full membership costs just £35 per year. Join us today.