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Collaborating Entities


The sixth edition of Master in Animal Law and Society (2016-2017) has the support of:

addaADDA Associació de Defensa del Drets dels Animals (Barcelona)
bcn Ajuntament de Barcelona. Oficina de Protecció dels Animals
Animal Angel Foundation Animals’ Angels Foundation. Frankfurt
AWSHEL-IAS AWSHEL-IAS Animal Welfare Science Humanities Ethics and Law - Interdisciplinary Animal Studies (Alcalá de Henares)
ciwf Compassion in World Farming (Godalming, Reino Unido)
EuroGroup For Animals Eurogroup for Animals (Bruselas, Bélgica)
eeaw European Encyclopedia of Animal Welfare; Universitât Wien (Viena, Austria)
fve Fundación para el Asesoramiento y Acción en Defensa de los Animales
fveFederation of Veterinarians of Europe (Bruselas, Bélgica)
30 Milions d Amis Fondation 30 Milions d'Amis (Paris, Francia)
gencat Generalitat de Catalunya: Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural (Barcelona)
uab ICALP, International Center for Animal Law and Policy
HSI Humane Society International (Bruselas, Bélgica)
IZS  Istituto G. Caporale (Teramo, Italia)
IRSEA  IRSEA, Institut de Recherche en Sémiochimie et Ethollogie Apliquée (Avignon, Francia)
IRTA  IRTA, Institut de Recerca de Tecnologia Agroalimentària (Caldes de Montbui)
Center for Animal Law Studies Lewis and Clark University. Center for Animal Law Studies (Portlan, USA)
MSU Michigan State University College of Law, Animal Law Web Center (Michigan, USA)
PETA-Deutschland PETA Deutschland (Gerlingen, Alemania)
Tier-im-Recht TIR, Tier im Recht (Zurich, Suiza)
NIPEDA  Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA, Facultade de Direito. Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Pesquisa e Extenso em Direito Ambiental e Direito Animal - NPEDA (Salvador de Bahia, Brasil)
ulimoges  Université de Limoges, Faculté de Droit (Limoges, Francia)
Vier-Pfoten Vier Pfoten Stiftung, European Büro )Bruselas, Bélgica)


Fundada en 1976 la Asociación Defensa Derechos Animal, fue la primera ONG española dedicada a la defensa y al bienestar de los animales en general.
Declarada de Utilidad Pública en 1981 y sin ánimo de lucro, Ong ADDA es una Organización No Gubernamental, apolítica e independiente. Ong ADDA colabora y trabaja de forma conjunta, con diversas coaliciones de ámbito europeo y asociaciones a nivel nacional e internacional.

En ADDA fomentan un trato digno y respetuoso hacia los animales, contribuyendo, de forma legal y pacífica, a su defensa y bienestar. Colaboramos y tratamos de influir en la necesidad de respetar y preservar la naturaleza y su biodiversidad.

Animals' Angels Foundation (FRANKFURT, GERMANY)

LAnimals’ Angels wurde als gemeinnützig anerkannter Tierrechtsverein 1998 von den Theologen Christa und Michael Blanke gegründet. Wir arbeiten international für die Würde der ‚Nutz’tiere.
Unser langfristiges Ziel ist die Abschaffung der Langzeittransporte von ‘Nutz’- und ‘Schlacht’tieren.
Seit April 2005 sind wir Mitglied der Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health der Europäischen Kommission. Zur Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) der Vereinten Nationen bestehen intensive Kontakte.
Wir arbeiten eng mit Behörden (Polizei, Veterinärämtern, Zoll), öffentlichen Einrichtungen und Ministerien zusammen und gelten weltweit als erste Adresse zum Thema Tiertransporte. Einsätze finden vor allem auf Autobahnen, in Verladestationen und Häfen, bei Märkten und Auktionen in Europa, Indien, im Nahen Osten und in Australien statt. Dabei unterhalten wir enge Kontakte zu internationalen Tierschutzorganisationen, die wir mit unserem Know-How unterstützen. Ein respektvoller Umgang mit den Partnern ist uns wichtig.
Alle Mitarbeiter, Angestellte wie Ehrenamtliche, handeln nach dem Motto ’Wir sind bei den Tieren‘.

AWSHEL-IAS (Animal Welfare Science, Humanities, Ethics and Law. Interdisciplinary Animal Studies). Universidad de Alcalá de Henares

The newly founded Interdisciplinary Animal Studies research group AWSHEL-IAS originates as a result of part of the research carried out by the Friends of Thoreau Program at the Franklin Institute (University of Alcalá). It has been thanks to the financial aid of the Franklin Institute for a study on the origin and evolution of the applied science of Animal Welfare on both sides of the Atlantic that the scholars’ critical research has been consolidated, hence demanding the need to officially establish the group. Members of AWSHEL-IAS have an ample background in Animal Welfare-related areas, such as: the collaboration, since 2003, with the Animal Protection Institute (later renamed Born Free USA) in Sacramento, US, regarding the study of wild species; the collaboration, since 2007, with L’Oceanogràfic de la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, on issues about animal welfare and marine animals; and the collaboration, since 2010, in the creation of the Masters Degree in Animal Law and Society at the Graduate School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
Throughout this period and thanks to these collaborations, we have carried out extensive comparative research on relationships between human and non-human animals in the US and Europe. With the objective of enriching the comparative analyses, an interdisciplinary approach has been maintained by applying theoretical and critical frameworks that include:

  • Sciences: applied animal welfare science, neuroscience, ethology and animal cognition.

  • Humanities: literature, painting, theater/cinema and other performative arts, philosophy, etc.

  • Ethics: application of moral norms and ethical exegesis of human conduct both at an individual and collective level regarding relationships between humans and non-human animals.

  • Law: animal welfare legislation; the legal status of animals and the private law agreements and contracts that may affect them; powers and competences of different public administrations regulating laboratory, production, domestic, marine, transgenic and wild – in situ and ex situ – animals; case-specific legislation regarding free-ranging animals, animals in farms or in other environments such as labs and research centers, shelters, pet shops, shows and spaces related to the entertainment industry, fairs, and zoos; conditions surrounding the commercialization and transport of animals.

Compassion in World Farming (GODALMING, UK)

Compassion in World Farming was founded in 1967 by a British farmer, Peter Roberts and his wife Anna who became concerned at the growing disconnect between modern agriculture and the well-being of animals and the environment.
Early Compassion Stand
Appalled by the cages and crates that had started to become common-place, Peter took his concerns to the established animal charities of the day. When he saw how reluctant others were to act, Peter called a small meeting around his kitchen table. At that meeting, with a few visionary friends, he took the bold step of founding Compassion in World Farming. Today we lead a growing worldwide movement of people concerned about how factory farming mistreats animals, wastes precious resources and utterly fails to meet the needs of the planet’s inhabitants.
We’re now a fast-growing and influential agency present at many key decision making forums from the United Nations to the World Trade Organisation. Our views are sought and valued by policy makers. We have supporters and partners throughout the world who help us deliver initiatives from China to the USA.
Support Better Dairy Campaign In Brussels
By working in partnership with inspirational supporters, progressive policy makers and visionary companies, we are mobilising a movement for far reaching change in our farming that can feed the world and will improve the quality of life for billions of farm animals worldwide.


IRSEA is a private research institute dedicated to studying the behavior of animals and humans, their interactions, and especially their chemical communication:

The institute’s mission is focused on studying and understanding these functions’ underlying mechanisms, but also on developing methods to facilitate the management of behaviors and interactions, and to improve overall welfare. Semiochemistry (from the Greek “semios” – the sign) is the study of chemical communication; the oldest and most widespread mode of information transmission among living beings.

IRSEA was created on the basis of one idea: to interact with the living world by using its codes rather than by trying to mold it to our desires. This idea emerged from the major challenge encountered in veterinary behavioral medicine: every day, around the world, millions of pet owners are confronted with difficulties that arise from living with their favorite animal.

For a long time, man tried to force the animal to modify its behavior by way of surgery, the use of psychotropic drugs, and coercive tools, only to resort to abandonment or euthanasia in the end. But another strategy seemed possible: understanding the adaptation process that leads animals to adopt behaviors which enable them to deal with the environment offered by man. Answering this question changes the perspective; the animal doesn’t act against man’s wishes, but simply responds to a given context based on the behavioral characteristics of the species and according to its own learned capabilities, which are a result of its individual history. Ethology, through semiochemistry, seemed to provide the most promising source of understanding and means of action.

Cat urine marking behavior, one of the most common reasons for veterinary consultation in this species, was the first area used to validate this approach. By analyzing the semiochemicals produced by the cat’s cheek glands, we were able to identify the F3 secretion now known worldwide under the commercial name Feliway®. By signing the patent license contract for this first synthesized semiochemical with Ceva Animal Health Laboratories, we acquired the financial means to make a researcher’s dream come true: IRSEA.


El IRTA es un instituto de investigación de la Generalitat de Catalunya, adscrito al Departamento de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Natural, regulado por la Ley 04/2009 de 15 de abril,del Parlamento de Catalunya, que ajusta su actividad al ordenamiento jurídico privado.

La misión del IRTA es la de contribuir a la modernización, competitividad y desarrollo sostenible de los sectores agrario, alimentario y acuícola, al suministro de alimentos sanos y de calidad para los consumidores y, en general, a la mejora del bienestar de la población.

Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural. Direcció General del Medi Natural i Biodiversitat. Generalitat de Catalunya

This Department is one of the varios Departments in which the Administration of the Generalitat of Catalonia is divided; we can highlight as action fields of this Department: Agriculture. Plant health; Food. Food industry ; Boating and Diving ; Natural environment Cattle. Animal health ; Fisheries. Aquaculture


Este Grupo de Investigación, multidisciplinar e internacional, ha organizado varios eventos en materia de Derecho Animal, entre ellos un congreso.

Como objetivos de este Grupo de Investigación, que es, por su misma composición multidisciplinar e internacional, deben ser destacados: -Lograr una definición jurídica del animal, que lo aparte de la consideración de '"cosa" o '"producto"' -Posicionar el bienestar animal como un compromiso dentro del desarrollo sostenible -Contribuir, normativamente, a abolir el sufrimiento de los animales (de granja o de experimentación) -Promover estudios sectoriales destinados a distintos ámbitos de interés: jurídico, social, económico, cultural -Aunar esfuerzos de los agentes potencialmente implicados en el bienestar animal -Incidir en la masa crítica de los estudios relativos al trinomio Animales, Derecho y Sociedad -Obtener recursos a través de proyectos competitivos y posicionar los estudios realizados por el grupo en un nivel de impacto y de calidad científica internacional. -Organizar reuniones científicas, congresos y foros de opinión para atraer a la UAB a especialistas del máximo nivel, en los temas prioritarios del Grup de Recerca -Posicionar a la UAB como Universidad pionera en tema de estudios sobre Animales, Derecho y Sociedad.

Eurogroup for Animals

Eurogroup for Animals is an organisation based in Brussels, Belgium, which seeks to improve the treatment of animals throughout the European Union, and represents animal welfare organisations in almost all the European member states. Since it was launched in 1980, the organisation has succeeded in encouraging the European Union to adopt higher legal standards of animal protection. It provides advice and expertise on animal welfare to various European institutions, such as the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, and the European Parliament.
It also provides the secretariat of the European Parliamentary Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, which meets at the European Parliament in Strasbourg once a month.
Eurogroup for Animals also works closely together with retailers to encourage them to adopt higher standards of animal welfare. In addition they campaign to improve the situation of farm animals, research animals, and wild animals. In 2008, the group led a campaign to prevent cloning for food being approved in the European Union.

European Encyclopedia of Animal Welfare (Universität Wien)

The multidisciplinary and bilingual European Encyclopedia of Animal Welfare - EEAW is an open access project which will publish academic texts on animal welfare subjects in English and/or German, with the intention of making them accessible to a wider public. The EEAW should also enforce the international and interdisciplinary discourse between relevant disciplines.

The content of the EEAW is oriented - in an extended form - towards books like the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics, Animal Welfare and selected publications in the Food Studies. In particular; sources such as the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, the Animals and Society Institute and new journals about animal law / animal studies, are constantly providing valuable new material which serves to modify and extend the EEAW.

Initially the main focus of the EEAW will be on animal welfare science in the context of law, ethics and political science. Additionally, concepts and ideas deriving from the Humanities and Cultural Studies will be covered.

The extended EEAW list of entries will place special emphasis on including analyses of selected countries. These multidisciplinary in-depth studies shall continually provide relevant information to accommodate the increasing demand comparative animal welfare studies.

The idea for the EEAW comes from two ambitious academic open access projects, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy from the University of Tennessee.

In this way the EEAW conceptually incorporates the pluralism of established theories, including the priniciples of the Enlightment and critical rationalism, which inevitably entails multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary co-operation.
The EEAW editors are seeking in particular to encourage contributions from young academics.

All submissions will be subject to peer review approval.
The EEAW texts can always be accessed via the link to the government-sponsored web portal schule.at, where numerous school study subjects can be consulted.


Fundación para el Asesoramiento y Acción en Defensa de los Animales; una ONG privada e independiente activa desde 2004. Nació con la actividad principal de apadrinar, adoptar y rescatar animales salvajes y de compañía en situaciones de maltrato. En 2012, iniciamos un proceso de transformación interno para incidir de forma más estratégica.
Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE). Brussels, Belgium

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is an umbrella organisation of veterinary organisations from 38 European countries.
4 vibrant sections are represented in this federation, each of which representing key groups within our profession: Practitioners (UEVP), Hygienists (UEVH), Veterinary State Officers (EASVO) and veterinarians in Education, Research and Industry (EVERI).


Lutter contre les abandons, contre l’expérimentation animale et les trafics d’animaux, sensibiliser l’opinion, faire évoluer les lois et le statut de l’animal. L'action de la Fondation ne se limite pas aux animaux abandonnés et au territoire français. Notre lutte s'impose partout où les animaux souffrent et ont besoin de reconnaissance.


Humane Society International/Europe is a leading force for animal protection in the European Union, with active campaigns to reduce and replace animal use in scientific research and product testing, to combat the slaughter of marine life, and to improve conditions for animals farmed for food, skins and fur.
HSI/Europe is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organisations in the world.

Istituto G. Caporale. Teramo, Italia

The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise "Giuseppe Caporale" is a public health institute with administrative and managerial autonomy, which operates as a technical and scientific arm of the state and the Abruzzo and Molise Regions, performing analytical work for the public veterinary services and providing the technical and scientific collaboration necessary to enable them to carry out their functions in the field of veterinary public health.

The Institute offers high added-value services backed up by in-depth knowledge and innovation in the areas of animal health, veterinary public health and environmental protection, in the interests of safeguarding animal and human health.

Lewis and Clark University. Center for Animal Law Studies. USA

The Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS or the Center), in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, is an animal law think tank and the umbrella organization of the nation’s premier animal law program. It works to ensure the interests of animals are considered in the legal realm and provide the best education to the next generation of animal law attorneys.

Founded in 2008, the Center for Animal Law Studies is the home for the animal law programs and activities of Lewis & Clark Law School. The Center collaborates with the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund to educate and support law students and legal professionals in the rapidly developing field of animal law through classes, conferences, scholarships, and clinical opportunities.

Michigan State University College of Law, Animal Legal Web Center. USA

The Animal Law and History Web Center is a project of the Michigan State University College of Law, under the editorship of Professor David Favre and Rebecca Wisch. It first opened in August of 2002.

The goals of this Center are:
-To provide a Web Library of legal and policy materials as relates to animals.
-To provide expert explanation of the materials for both the lawyer and the non-lawyer.
-To be an education center for this material, offering courses at different levels of education, with and without credit.
-To provide an historical perspective about social and legal attitudes toward animals, and how our present perspective has been reached.


PETA Deutschland e.V. wurde Ende 1993 gegründet und ist eine Schwesterorganisation von PETA USA, der mit über drei Millionen Unterstützern weltweit größten Tierrechtsorganisation.

Ziel der Organisation ist es, durch Aufdecken von Tierquälerei, Aufklärung der Öffentlichkeit und Veränderung der Lebensweise jedem Tier zu einem besseren Leben zu verhelfen.

Weitere Schwesterorganisationen arbeiten in Großbritannien, Frankreich, den Niederlanden, Australien, Indien und Hongkong.

Die Organisationen wurden gegründet, um Politiker und die Öffentlichkeit über die anhaltende, weitverbreitete und nicht zu akzeptierende Tierquälerei aufzuklären sowie die Einsicht zu fördern, dass Tiere einen naturgegebenen Anspruch darauf haben, mit Respekt und Achtung behandelt zu werden. PETA handelt nach dem einfachen Prinzip, dass wir Menschen nicht das Recht haben, Tiere in irgendeiner Form auszubeuten, zu misshandeln oder zu verwerten.


Die Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR; Fondation pour l’animal en droit, Foundation for the Animal in the Law) ist eine gemeinnützige, unabhängige sowie politisch und konfessionell neutrale Non-Profit-Organisation. Sie wurde am 21. Dezember 1995 errichtet und am 29. März 1996 unter der Nummer CH- in das Handelsregister Bern-Mittelland eingetragen. Sie untersteht dem Eidgenössischen Departement des Innern (EDI) als Aufsichtsbehörde.

Die TIR hat ihren Sitz an der Spitalgasse 9 in 3001 Bern. Die Geschäftsstelle befindet sich an der Rigistrasse 9 in 8006 Zürich.

Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA). Faculdade de Direito. Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Pesquisa e Extenso em Direito Ambiental e Direito Animal - NIPEDA. Salvador de Bahía. Brasil

Université de Limoges. Faculté de Droit. France

Founded in 1968, the Faculty of Law and Economics (eSDS), University of Limoges is located in Limoges and Brive. The Dean is Dr. Pascale Torre, MC Economics.

The eSDS welcomes about 2500 students who fall into four general programs (Law, Economics, Social and Economic Administration (AES)), two specialized tracks and an Institute of Judicial Studies. She prepares to thirty degrees of the License (Bac +3) PhD (bac +8), initial and inservice training, general or specialized.

University of Basel. Law School. Basel. Schweiz

The Faculty of Law, University of Basel launched a Ph.D. program "Law and Animals: Ethics at Crossroads", which is embedded in the life sciences strategy for the University of Basel. The doctoral program begins in fall 2012 and is focused on a period of three years.

"Law and animals" is a young but promising research and practice area that deals with all aspects of society to be founded and the legal treatment of animals. The points of contact between society and animals are interwoven with conflicts at the local, global and individual level, the solution is increased standardization and legal task will be. These legal issues have been at any European university subject of a comprehensive analysis. The doctoral program is therefore not only throughout Switzerland, but a novelty in Europe and offers the possibility of the emerging field of research "law and animals" to open up a wide area by using the synergy of all stakeholders.

Vier-Pfoten-Stiftung, European Büro. Brussels, Belgium

The most effective way to protect animals over the long-term is to improve the legal framework. It is attempted to achieve this by direct action and lobbying at the national and international level and by appealing to the general public.

Our work is founded on exhaustive background research. It operates on a sound scientific basis and cooperate closely with experts in the fields of medicine, agriculture, biology and law. Attention to abuses is drawed and point out their economical, political and social roots. Together with partners from businesses, science and research, constructive solutions are developed and implement these as practical models for future developments in the animal protection sector

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