Delivering strategic legal help for long term benefit

A-law is staffed entirely by volunteers, some of whom fulfill executive functions such as running the Student Group, editing A-law publications, helping with our social media and coordinating our legal projects work. We also work with legal volunteers who want to help the animal protection community by contributing to fact-sheets and writing articles or by providing analysis about legal decisions affecting animal interests.

We are an extremely active organisation and through these volunteers we deliver a legal education programme, publications, support and promote the study of animal law at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our legal volunteers are currently working on a wide variety of projects, initiatives and events.

We need your support if we are to continue delivering at this high level, both through membership (open to lawyers and non-lawyers) and, if you are a lawyer or legal academic, through pro bono help and involvement. Please join us to support this fundamental work.


The UK Journal of Animal Law

The UK Journal of Animal Law (formerly Journal of Animal Welfare Law) provides an interdisciplinary and critical study of the law (including comparative law) as it applies to the rights and welfare of animals. It is published twice a year and includes peer reviewed articles and news about animal law, including case law and legislation.

The Journal editor is Jill Williams. Jill is assisted by sub-editors, George Pennington and Jennifer Betterton. The peer review panel comprises Angus Nurse, Iain O'Donnell, Gareth Spark, Darren Calley and Simon Brooman.

Subscription to The UK Journal of Animal Law is included with membership of A-law.

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Animal Justice UK

Animal Justice UK is our bi-annual eMagazine that provides a forum for students and academics to share information about animal law. It includes articles on animal law topics, information about animal law and policy, interviews with lawyers and campaigners working in the field, and other news items. It also provides a forum for sharing information about events and campaigns at universities, courses, academic initiatives, book reviews, media and topical issues.

Subscription to this publication is free.

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A-law runs training courses, seminars and events about animal law and aspects of campaign law. Our seminars attract international speakers such as Steven Wise (Founder of the Nonhuman Rights Project) and the philosopher Peter Singer, as well as animal law experts, including barristers Iain O'Donnell and Alan Bates, and scientists and animal welfare experts, such as Chris Draper (Born Free Foundation) and Liz Tyson (Captive Animals).

Discounted rates are available at events for A-law members and students.



The A-law team and other legal volunteers are currently involved in a number of projects, including the advancement of animal interests during Brexit negotiations, highlighting the need for law reform to make the case for harsher sentences for people who deliberately abuse animals, contributing to the work of organisations fighting disreputable puppy breeding practices and working with the Nonhuman Rights Project exploring the philosophies behind animal protection law.

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Legal help

A-law works with animal welfare organisations to identify areas in which law reform may address problems of poor animal welfare standards or where a legal solution might be available for a particular problem.

We are also developing a range of legal resources– such as factsheets – to increase public knowledge about the law relating to animals. If you are interested in contributing to this work please contact us.

Please note that A-law is not a law firm. We cannot give legal advice ourselves.

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If you are interested in legal developments which affect animals, do follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to get daily news and information about legal campaigns, events, legal decisions affecting animals and government proposals about animal law.






We rely upon membership income and donations. Please join us or donate and support our work.