27 Apr 2016

IMG_4693In April, ALAW Student Officer, Edwina, and Student Coordinator, Sally, attended the Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) conference at Cass Business School.

The conference itself was well attended with a range of different professions, although mostly lawyers, there were also environmentalists, economists and journalists who naturally took an interest in the day and the subject matter.

The conference was titled  “Climate Talks After Paris: Beyond the Pledges” and explored the landscape for environmental law post the Paris Agreement, which was the result of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC that took place in Paris in December 2015.

FullSizeRenderThe day provided insight from an impressive line up of speakers, from former UNFCCC Secretariat Kirsty Scheeberger to Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth, Gita Parihar. The event was finished off with a speech from Ned Westaway, PIEL’s founder, to mark PIEL’s 10 year anniversary.

Edwina and Sally set up an ALAW stall at the event to inform the attendees of the work we do. They had a lot of interest and we really hope this marks increased communication between the environmental and animal law community.

27 Apr 2016

ALAW welcomes new trustee: Mike Radford, OBE LLB

ALAW is pleased to announce that Mike Radford, OBE LLB has joined our board of trustees. Mike is Reader in Law at the University of Aberdeen. He established the first UK animal welfare law course in 1992, since when he has taught and lectured widely on the subject in addition to working extensively on the development of animal welfare law and policy with politicians, officials, veterinarians, NGOs, and other interested parties. Mike is presently a trustee of Dogs Trust, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, […]

27 Apr 2016

ALAW pursues stronger sentencing in animal cruelty cases

We have received a number of enquiries from people concerned about inadequate sentencing in cases of animal cruelty. As a legal charity concerned exclusively with animal welfare issues, we have raised concerns about the sentencing regime for animal cruelty cases to a Parliamentary Committee (The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Sub-Committee), which is currently examining domestic animal welfare provisions. Read more about the progress of the EFRA Sub-Committee here. ALAW put in written submissions to the EFRA Sub-Committee. ALAW’s […]

27 Apr 2016

EFRA Sub-Committee on animal welfare: domestic pets

Overview: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Sub-Committee is currently holding a series of inquiries into animal welfare issues. Domestic pets including cats, dogs and horses are the initial focus of the Sub-Committee, with attention turning to exotic pets at a later date. ALAW’s involvement: ALAW has made written submissions to the Sub-Committee on the issue of leniency of sentences in animal cruelty cases. Those submissions can be read here. ALAW trustee Mike Radford has also made submissions to the […]

13 Apr 2016

Animal Law LL.M. Scholarship Opportunity in the USA

Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, is offering the opportunity of a fully-funded LL.M. scholarship in Animal Law. The scholarship is open to international candidates who demonstrate extraordinary ability and potential in this field of law. For more information, see below or email Natasha Dolezal at [email protected] More information about the Animal Law courses offered by Lewis and Clark Law School can be found here.  

09 Apr 2016

PIEL Conference 2016: Climate talks after Paris: Beyond the Pledges

ALAW members may be interested in attending the 10th annual conference by Public Interest Environmental Law (PIEL) UK on Friday 15th April at the Cass Business School, London. The conference, titled “Climate talks after Paris: Beyond the Pledges”, boasts an extensive programme of highly-respected speakers covering a breadth of topics (see here). The programme includes a keynote speech by Ms Kirsty Schneeberger, an advisor at the Office of the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and co-founder of Beautiful Corporations. Ticket […]

06 Jan 2016

ALAW on BBC Radio 4- listen here!

ALAW’s Legal and Project Manager, Hannah Brown, has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme “Natural Histories Live – The Big Story” where she spoke with Rory Bremner in front of a live audience at the Natural History Museum about recognising chimpanzees and other non-human animals as legal persons. The programme was broadcast on 23rd December at 8pm and on Christmas Day at 6am. You can listen to the programme on the Natural Histories Website, click here. Hannah is on at […]

03 Dec 2015

2015 essay competition winners announced

03 DECEMBER 2015 Natalie Kyneswood, who is studying an MSc in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Bristol, has won this year’s ALAW student essay competition. From left to right: Natalie Kyneswood, Grace Wright and Emily Au. The contest saw law students from all over the world submit their answers to the question: “The Hunting Act 2004 has been a useless piece of legislation and therefore should be repealed.” Discuss. The winning essay will be published in the ALAW journal. […]

25 Aug 2015

ALAW seminar on Undercover Investigations

ALAW is excited to present: UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATIONS IN ANIMAL WELFARE Thursday 29 October 2015 from 6 pm The evening will feature: Screening of the cinematic documentary “The Ghosts in our Machine” An introduction to undercover investigations by Canadian investigative journalist and founder of We Animals Jo-Ann McArthur Talk by Gavin Millar QC, barrister at Matrix Chambers, on the legalities surrounding undercover investigations Exposing animal welfare abuses can be key to bettering animal welfare protection. Footage and evidence collected by undercover investigations […]

12 Aug 2015

AWSELVA Autumn Conference: From Research to Practice

The Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association (AWSELVA) is hosting a five day conference in Bristol, from Wednesday 30th September to Sunday 4th October 2015. Held in conjunction with both the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM) and European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE), the conference will cover a multitude of topics spanning many areas of animal welfare. Expert speakers will deliver talks on non-stun slaughter, animal training and behaviour, veterinary issues of ethics and […]