Sharing our expertise

A-law runs events across the UK which promote discussion about animal law and provide networking opportunities and low cost training to animal welfare charities and NGO's. Our training events are discounted for A-law members and we strive to offer student places at free or substantially discounted rates.

Our webinars and online training events are also popular and our virtual 'bitesize introduction to animal law' series was a regular weekly feature over lockdown. With lectures from leading academics and practitioners including Joe Wills, Gareth Spark, Michael Radford OBE, Libby Anderson, Steven McCulloch, Simon Brooman and our chair, Paula Sparks, the series offers a brilliant introduction to animal law. We will be uploading the lectures onto our YouTube channel, so keep a look out.

Also look out for our third Animal Law, Ethics and Policy conference with Liverpool John Moores University, scheduled for 2021. The conference has become a regular in the animal law calendar with over 100 delegates attending the event in 2019. It is a great opportunity to learn more about current issues in animal law, find out the latest postgraduate research topics and meet like minded people (if we are able to meet in person - if not we will hold the event virtually).

YouTube Channel

Find all our virtual training resources on YouTube

We want to make learning materials about animal law accessible. With more resources being moved online, we have created a YouTube channel which includes some amazing, free resources to help you learn more about animals in law. We will be posting new content to the channel, but you will also be able to find some of the lectures from the second Animal Law, Ethics and Policy conference, co-hosted with Liverpool John Moores University in 2019, as well as all the lectures from our virtual 'bitesize introduction to animal law' series, which we will be uploading in the near future. Subscribe to the channel to be notified about new content.

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University guest lectures

Our team supports events for students in further education

We are invited to speak at universities and colleges about animal law and policy. We help students understand some of the philosophical and ethical issues around our relationship with animals and how this impacts upon the legal protection afforded them. We talk about topical issues such as breed specific legislation, the use of animals in agriculture and how Brexit may affect animal interests. We also inform students about opportunities to learn more and play an active role in advocating for stronger animal protection laws.

National Conference on Animal Law, Ethics and Policy

A regular event co-hosted with Liverpool John Moore University School of Law

We are currently planning for our third conference on Animal Law, Ethics and Policy with LJMU's School of Law. We plan to host this event in 2021 whether in-person or virtually, depending on the situation. The event has become an important date in the animal law calendar and we are pleased to welcome animal law academics, practitioners and students to share their research, current issues and new ideas for improving the legal protection of animals.

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Animal law careers: Career pathways towards legal advocacy for animals

A-law and Animal Advocacy Careers are co-hosting a webinar about legal advocacy for animals.

Tues 24th Nov at 4pm
Chaired by Jamie Harris, Animal Advocacy Careers
Sonul Badiani-Hamment - UK External Affairs Adviser, World Animal Protection
Iain O'Donnell, barrister, 1 Crown Office Row chambers
Frances Allen, barrister and founder of A-LAW and the Goldsmith Animal Rights Team, Goldsmith chambers
Three lawyers who have chosen different pathways to advocate for animals are brought together to share their experiences and perspectives for the next generation of lawyers, legal academics and legal activists. The individual talks will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A


Date TBC, central London venue

Strategic litigation has played a vitally important role in securing environmental protections. This seminar looks at what benefits can be achieved for animals, how public law can be used to obtain transparency about animal use, potential costs liabilities and the developing use of Crowdfunding to raise funds for legal campaigns and test litigation.

You will be able to purchase tickets for the event from this page soon.

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    Past Events


    An Evening with Victoria Shroff, Canadian Animal Protection Lawyer and Gavin Ridley of the Abused Pet Refuge Project January 2020

    We welcomed leading Canadian animal lawyer, Victoria Shroff, to talk to us about recent legal developments in Canada, including dog control cases that she has been working on. We were also pleased to welcome Gavin Ridley who spoke about the coercive control in domestic abuse cases and how companion animals can be a target for abuse and a tool to exert control over family members.


    Using the law to help animals and activists, January 2020 - co-hosted with Advocates for Animals

    A-law and Advocates for Animals co-hosted an event in Exeter, discussing some of the legal tools that can be utilised to help animals and activists alike. Advocates for Animals co-founder, Edie Bowles, was joined by solicitor, Alice Collinson (Advocates for Animals), barrister, Alan Robertshaw (Goldsmith Chambers), and solicitor, Patricia Sheehan (Mustoe Shorter) for an interesting and informative evening seminar.


    Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill seminar, February 2020

    A-law's Scottish Steering Committee hosted an Animals and Wildlife Law seminar in February 2020. It was an incredibly successful, sold out event which focused on Scotland's Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. We were grateful to be joined by members of our Scottish Steering Committee, including Mike Radford OBE, Scott Blair and Libby Anderson. Mike and Scott both gave presentations, alongside Leia Fitzgerald (Wildlife Management Team Leader, Scottish Government), Andrew Voas BVM&S MRCVS (Scottish Government Veterinary Head of Animal Welfare) and Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn MBE (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).


    How to use the law to help animals, September 2019

    ‘How to use the law to help animals’ featured guest speakers Michelle Richner, from Tier im Recht (TIR) Switzerland and Edie Bowles (Advocates for Animals), alongside A-law Chairperson, Paula Sparks. The seminar was an opportunity to discover important differences in animal protection law in Switzerland, as well as showcasing how the lawyers in the UK can use their legal skills to help animals.


    Agriculture and animal welfare post Brexit – November 2018

    Co-hosted with solicitors, Leigh, Day and the Wildlife and Countryside Link, this event enabled lawyers, NGOs and campaigners to explore some of the important post Brexit issues likely to effect animals used in agriculture, including implications of trade law, procurement and the Agriculture Bill.


    Animal rights and legal protections: a perspective from North America, July 2018

    Animal rights and legal protections: a perspective from North America

    An evening with Steven M. Wise, founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) and Camille Labchuck, lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, a national animal-law advocacy organisation in Canada. This event provided an opportunity to hear about the latest developments in the field from the USA and Canada.


    Student Careers Afternoon - 13 January 2017

    On Friday 13th January, A-law's Student Group hosted its first Careers Afternoon for students, the first event of its kind in the UK.

    The event was well attended by students from various disciplines, including law and veterinary science. We were thrilled to welcome a wide range of guest speakers to address our audience, including lawyers, academics and charity professionals.

    To find out more about the event, click the link below.

    Past Conferences


    Animal Law, Ethics and Policy Conference, 2019

    For the second time, LJMU's School of Law and A-law co-hosted a national conference on Animal Law, Ethics and Policy. The two day conference brought together leading animal law academics, practitioners in the field of animal welfare and students to share ideas and develop networks in this fast developing area of law. You can find some of the lectures on our YouTube channel.


    Animal Law, Ethics and Legal Education Conference - 5 September 2017

    On 5th September 2017 A-law co-hosted a full day conference with Liverpool John Moore's University. The conference focused on:

    • Examining the interface of law, ethics and the developing academic discipline of animal law in the UK and elsewhere; exploring how ethics affect the practical implementation of policy and law; sharing good practice in the teaching and scholarship of animal law and ethics including experience in setting up and running such courses; and exploring the animal welfare implications of Brexit. Click the link below to download conference materials.


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