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Master Class: 'TEACHING ANIMAL LAW'

2017.05.17

IX DEBATES ANIMALES

AUTHOR: GABRIELA CHALKIA

TITLE: Master Class: “TEACHING ANIMAL LAW “

Thursday 11th May 2017
11:30 Aula Magna
Facultat de Dret UAB

ISSN 2462-7518

Dr. David Favre
Michigan State University

Introduced by:
Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela. Director ICALP, International Center for Animal Law and Policy

Dr. Martí Pumarola, Vicedirector ICALP


On 11th May 2017, the Autonomous University of Barcelona had the honour of receiving Professor David Favre from Michigan State University who gave a talk on how to teach Animal Law, which follows social changes in this matter into the frame of the “IX Debates Animales” organized by the ICALP. He spoke about how he introduced Animal Law into law faculties in the United States during the 80’s and 90’s and some of the challenges he faced along the way.

Students come to Animal Law classes with different views and perspectives on the subject because of their background, emotions and life experiences. From the first lesson, it is essential to respect every belief; therefore it is good to have a neutral stance. Gradually introducing students to the different opinions and encouraging them to share their own views, is also important. The main issues that should be covered in an animal law class are the criminal law provisions on cruelty, ethics, public policy propositions, and questions pertaining to property. For example, questions addressing the fair value to recover damages for injury or the death of pets or, what happens to an animal during a divorce, or a will or a trust. Finally, it is important to bare the social position in mind in order to make a decision.

He spoke about the concept of animal rights and how this can mean different things to different people. For some, it means better welfare for animals, for others, it means that animals should have a legal standing. Professor Favre took some thought-provoking questions at the end of his talk which he answered rather confidently and assertively. A very interesting, insightful and inspirational talk.


Gabriela Chalkia





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