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Chronicle of the presentation and defence of the Final Papers of the Master's Degree

2012.12.18







On Monday 3rd December 2012, the presentation and defence of the Final Papers corresponding to the first edition of the Master's degree in Animal Law and Society was held in the graduation hall at the Faculty of Law of the UAB:

AGNÈS DUFAU: THE LEGAL STATUE OF THE STRAY CAT IN SPAIN, FRANCE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM


The purpose of this paper was to analyse the legal situation of the stray cat in three European Union countries (Spain, France and the United Kingdom) in order to examine their legal status and the level of protection from which they benefit. Firstly, the Animal Protection laws were examined and then, the by-laws and management models in the aforementioned countries were analysed.

It is evident that although the population of cats without an owner is a common problem, there are no standard laws for naming and classifying these animals and neither are there any common criteria as regards by-laws on managing these populations.

MARTA GARGANTE: THE BROWN BEAR IN CATALONIA. LEGAL PROTECTION


In this paper, the author summarises the historic evolution of the brown bear population in the Iberian Peninsula. She studies important aspects of the biology and behaviour of the brown bear, examines the social pressure put on this animal by some sectors like farming and hunting over the last few centuries and ends by analysing the problems and laws related to protecting the brown bear, especially in Catalonia.

EMMA INFANTE SENTELLES: THE INDUCTION OF DEATH IN DOGS AND CATS: EUTHANASIA AND SLAUGHTER


The terms euthanasia and slaughter are studied under the hypothesis that they should not be assimilated. She reaches the conclusion that the overlap in the methodology for inducing the death of pets contrasts with the reason that leads professionals to carry it out. She also believes that the Catalan law that establishes zero slaughter is proving its validity and proposes it be extended to the rest of the regions.

SARA INÉS MARTÍN BLANCO: WILD ANIMALS IN ZOOS


The paper starts with a brief summary of the history of zoos to then go on to analyse European, state and regional law on zoos.
The student defines the principles on which the relationship established between humans and the wild animals housed at the zoos is based. She questions this relationship from an ethical point of view, presenting some of the issues being raised, from philosophy, in relation to the question of animals and particularly, those that live in captivity in zoos.

IOANA – SUZANA TRANA: ROMANIAN DOGS: PAST AND PRESENT. THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF ROMANIA


The paper consists of a study of animal protection laws in Romania, and particularly, of the law regulating management of abandoned dogs and potentially dangerous dogs ownership, as well as the sentences of the Constitutional Court of Romania, which reviewed whether these laws adapted to the Romanian constitution or not.

Throughout the paper, the author reveals that growing social awareness in Romania of the need to improve animal welfare and protection in the country has not been reflected in the law.

YOLANDA VAN AMERSFOORT MORÁN: CHILD CRUELTY TO ANIMALS AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH INTER-PERSONAL VIOLENCE IN ADULTHOOD: REVIEW OF EMPIRICAL STUDIES


The paper tries to answer three questions: 1. If it can be said that there is a relationship between animal cruelty and child abuse; 2. If children who witness animal cruelty become abusers and 3. If child cruelty can lead to subsequent violent behaviour in adulthood. To answer these questions, it analyses some studies published between the seventies and the present day.

The Final Papers of the Master's degree were managed by Professor Dr Teresa Giménez-Candela, Director of the Master's degree and were previously authorised to be read by the Paper Examination Commission, which was appointed by the Master's degree board, who ensured that each one fulfilled the requirements for presenting and defending papers according to the provisions set out in the university regulations and the Guide for Writing Final Papers for the Master's Degree.

COMPOSITION OF THE THESIS BOARD APPOINTED


After the defence of the aforementioned final papers had been authorised, the Master's degree board appointed the Thesis Board and sent the president of the board all of the documents necessary to hold the Presentation and Defence event.

The board consisted of three full members, all with accredited research experience:
The board was presided by Dr Eliseo Sierra Noguero, Doctor in Law from the University of Bologna and Senior lecturer in mercantile law at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

José Antonio Jiménez Buendía, Practicing lawyer, Law graduate, Master's degree in introduction to research in Trade Law and Procurement from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Associate Lecturer at the UAB since 2010 and current Work Placement Coordinator for the Master's degree in Animal Law and Society, served as Spokesperson.

The secretary was Andrés Contreras López, a Lawyer from the Pontificial Javeriana University in Bogota, Graduate in Law from the University of the Basque Country, Postgraduate in European Private Law from the University of Salzburg, Master in introduction to research in Roman Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Research Fellow at the current Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness and Training Coordinator of the Master's degree in Animal law and Society.
Both Professor Jiménez Buendía and Andrés Contreras López have been members of the UAB research group since it was set up: Animales Derecho y Sociedad – Animals- Law and Society (ADS-ALW).

PRESENTATION AND DEFENCE EVENT


The event held in public session consisted of the aforementioned students presenting the paper written, the objectives, the methodology and the conclusions of each final paper. Each student had 15 minutes to present the paper.

The board members asked the students the appropriate questions at the time and in the way specified by the president of the board. The students immediately answered the questions briefly, clearly and accurately.

All of the Papers have helped invigorate the knowledge of Animal Law and its effect on society today. The Master's degree team congratulated the authors of the papers presented for their effort and capacity for criticism. The Master's degree is proud to foster in this way the professional nature of the studies about Animals, Law and Society.

Photos of the event

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