What We Do
A-LAW is a small charity, but we are active in a number of areas. Our work includes advocacy, providing strategic support to NGOs, student outreach, and legal education. Read on to find out more about what we do.
The UK Journal of Animal Law provides an interdisciplinary and critical study of the law as it applies to the rights and welfare of animals. It is published twice a year and includes peer reviewed articles, as well news covering important developments in the field of animal law and policy.
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We host animal law events throughout the year, helping you to learn how law impacts upon animal interests. We host webinars and training courses and invite high calibre guest speakers from around the world to talk about animal law.
OUR STUDENT NETWORK
We run a thriving Student Group for university students. We publish resources for students and offer subsidised or free entry to our events. We have Student Ambassadors and A-LAW Student Chapters at universities across the UK. We also welcome younger members to get involved.
OUR ACADEMICS NETWORK
We encourage and support academics teaching about animal law, philosophy and ethics to get involved in our work. We run a network for those working and researching in this field, and provide networking opportunities for those teaching or aspiring to teach animal law.
OUR LAWYERS NETWORK
We act as a hub for lawyers interested in animal protection to volunteer and use their skills to help animals. We provide networking opportunities for legal professionals interested in this field. Our Lawyers page contains additional information and resources.
OUR WORKING GROUPS
We have working groups specialising in wildlife law, farmed animal law, companion animal law, and the law relating to animals in science. We also have an Animal Ethics, Rights & Philosophy Group, which provides a forum for discussion. Our working groups are led by volunteers from the profession, including academics and practitioners.
OUR POLICY WORK
We respond to government consultations and contribute to other policy initiatives. We recently worked with Wildlife and Countryside Link and over 40 animal groups to publish a manifesto setting out key animal welfare asks post-Brexit. We are also involved in a project examining enforcement of animal welfare legislation in the UK, amongst others.
OUR LEGAL HELP
We work with animal advocacy groups to identify areas where law reform or other legal solutions could address problems, such as poor animal welfare standards. We are not a law firm and cannot give legal advice, but you can visit our General page to find more information about common issues and how these might be addressed.