A-law is once again joining forces with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) Law School to host the Second Conference on Animal Law, Ethics & Policy.
Taking place over 10-11th September 2019 at LJMU in Liverpool, the Conference aims: to examine the interface of law, ethics and the developing academic discipline of Animal Law in the UK and elsewhere; to explore how ethics affect the practical implementation of policy and law in practice; and, to share good practice in the teaching and scholarship of Animal law while exploring animal welfare implications of changes in policy and practice.

This conference is a must for anyone working, or interested, in animal protection or animal welfare, including solicitors, barristers, students, lecturers, and animal NGO's, amongst others.

The rates for delegates are highly competitive with further reductions for NGO's and heavily subsidised student places.

conference themes

This year's Conference has several major themes:

  • Farmed Animals
  • Wild Animals
  • Companion Animals
  • Education, Careers and Animal Law
  • Policy and Practice of Animal Law
  • Global Perspectives on Animal Law
  • Ethical and Philosophical Perspectives on Animal Law


keynote speakers

Peter Stevenson is Chief Policy Advisor at Compassion in World Farming and a qualified solicitor. He studied Economics & Law at Trinity College, Cambridge. Peter played a leading role in winning the EU bans on veal crates, battery cages and sow stalls, as well as in achieving a new status for animals in EU law as sentient beings. He has written comprehensive legal analyses of EU legislation on farm animals and on the impact of the WTO rules on animal welfare. Peter is lead author of the study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation reviewing animal welfare legislation in the beef, pork and poultry industries.

David Thomas is a UK lawyer and co-founder of Advocates for Animals, the UK’s first animal protection law firm. He is also consultant to Cruelty Free International (CFI) and has acted for most of the other leading animal protection organisations in the UK and further afield. David specialises in using the law to advance campaigning objectives. He was formerly a civil litigation partner in a West End firm and then legal officer to a family poverty charity. He is a consultant to a leading human rights law firm. He is a former Chair (and current Trustee) of the RSPCA and has been a trustee of CFI and Compassion in World Farming.

Jason Fletcher joined the RSPCA in 1998 as an Inspector for 6 years before moving to the Prosecutions Department. He reviews investigation case files submitted by the Inspectorate and makes prosecution decisions in line with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. He is involved in the training of new inspectors, with particular reference to the English legal system, elements of a crime, rules of evidence and disclosure. He lectures to student veterinary surgeons, law students, local government and magistrates’ associations on animal welfare and the law. Jason is a qualified CILEx lawyer and Fellow of CILEx.

sponsorship opportunities

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for various aspects of the Conference, including the mid-Conference dinner and drinks reception. The generous support of sponsors helps to ensure that, as a small organisation, we can offer an exciting Conference programme that provides opportunities for delegates to connect with one another and build vital contacts that will help further collaborative working within the animal protection community. We welcome offers of sponsorship from law firms, like-minded organisations and charitable trusts.

If you are interested in offering to sponsor an aspect of the Conference, please email [email protected]

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Conference Venue

The Conference takes place on 10 - 11 September 2019 at:

Liverpool John Moores University
School of Law
Redmonds Building
Brownlow Hill
L3 5UG

The Conference venue is located a short walk from Liverpool’s main railway station, which provides direct rails links to London, Liverpool Airport and Manchester International Airport.

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