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Louis Schweitzer ,Chairman of the Fondation Droit Animal, Ethique et Sciences ( LFDA), Prof. Dr.Teresa Gimenez-Candela, Law School of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Prof. Dr. Anne Peters Law School of the University of Basel and Dr. Margot Michel, Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich are pleased to announce the launch of the “EuroGroup for Animal Law studies” (EGALS), a collaborative partnership aimed to increase the interest of the European legal community for Animal Law and thus to encourage and facilitate the emergence of Animal Law Studies in European universities as well as to further research in this area.
The founding partners have already been very active in the field of Animal Law by launching post- graduate degrees in Animal Law (Master degree in “Animal Law and Society” at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and a doctoral programme “Law and Animals: Ethics at Crossroads” at the University of Basel) and by organizing highly regarded international conferences (“Animals and the Law”, held on 24-25, October 2011 at the University of Barcelona, “Animal Law and Ethics” held on 6-7 July 2012 at the University of Zurich and “Animal Suffering: From Science to Law” organized 18-19 October 2012 by the LFDA at the OIE).
The creation of the EuroGroup for Animal Law Studies is a groundbreaking move expected to increase the academic impact and institutional efficiency of the founding members for the development of Animal Law as a new academic field in Europe by combining their expertise, competences and knowledge in the field of Animal Law studies. It will also create opportunities for the European legal community to share knowledge and practical skills and to develop networking opportunities.
Among others, the promotion of Animal Law will be fostered by the organization of an annual Animal Law Conference which will be hosted on a rotating basis by the founding partners, always at the same time period of the year (April) in order to be easily remembered by the public.
The first Annual Animal Law Conference is expected to be held in April 2014 at the Law School of the University of Basel. More information about exact time schedule, program and speakers shall be available in fall 2013 on the Web sites of the founding members.
The EuroGroup for Animal Law Studies welcomes all interested organizations and persons to join its initiatives and projects and to attend the very first European Annual Animal Law Conference in 2014.
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