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Global Animal Law Conference II

Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

Barcelona Spain, July 10 & 11

Organized by: Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona Masters in Animal
Law, Lewis and Clark School of Law Center for Animal Law Studies, and Michigan State University College of Law Animal Law Program.

Thursday, 10th

9:00 Welcome, Introductions

Professor Ferran Sancho, rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, Host

Professor Jean Pierre Marguénaud, Université de Limoges (France)


Professor Jean-Pierre Marguénaud. Université de Limoges. France

“The emergence of a new legal discipline in Europe: Animal Law”

9:20 Panel #1 Animal Issues in China

Chair: JProfessor Thomas Kelch, University of Whittier, U.S.

-Professor Deborah Cao, Griffith University, Australia, “Dog Management in China: a National Discussion”

-Dean Song Wei, School of Public Affairs, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), “How to Stop Shark Fin Consumption in China: Social and Legal Analysis”

-Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort, University of Hong Kong, “National Law Reform in China for Animals”

10:50 Coffee Break

11:10 Panel #2 Animal Issues in the European Union

Chair: Marguerite Kuzma, EU Policy Coordinator, DG Health & Consumers, Veterinary and International Affairs.

-Associate Professor Francesca Rescigno, Universita Di Bologna, Italy, “Italian Animal Law”

-Professor Regina Binder, University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, “Legal Protection of Laboratory Animals in the EU”

- Marguerite Kuzma, EU Policy Coordinator, DG Health & Consumers, Veterinary and International Affairs, “40 years of EU Policies on Animal Welfare”


12:40 Lunch Break

Afternoon breakout sessions with choice of two panels:

2:00 Panel #3 – Teaching Animal Law

Chair, Natasha Dolezal, Director LLM program, Lewis & Clark College of Law, United States

-Professor Maria Baideldinova, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan, “My Experiences in Teaching Animal Law for the first time in my Country”

-Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch, Lewis & Clark Law School, United States, “Building an Education Center in Animal Law”

-Tagore Trajano, PhD, Animal Law, Brazil, “How to bring Animal Law to the Classrooms of Brazil”

-Carlos Contreras, PhD, Animal Law, Colombia\Spain, “ "How the Master’s Degree in Animal Law & Society at the Autonomous University of Barcelona Enhances the Legal Knowledge about Animals within a Global Context." 


2:00 Panel #4 – Global Issues

Chair, Enrique Alonso, Permanent State Councillor, Spain

-Paul Littlefair, International Director, RSPCA, UK, “Animal Law Enforcement in Practice – Examples from East Asia”

-Dr. Gieri Bolliger, Attorney, Executive Director of Foundation for the Animal in the Law, Switzerland, "Protection of Dignity: Switzerland Sets a New Standard in Animal Law".

- Professor Thomas Kelch, University of Whittier, U.S, “Toward Universal Principles for Global Animal Advocacy”

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00 Featured Speakers #1

Chair: Professor David Favre, Michigan State University College of Law, Editor-in-Chief: www.animallaw.info

- Antoine F. Goetschel, International Animal Law and Ethics Consultant, Zurich, Switzerland, “Global Roadmap for the Animal in the Law – An Option”

4:30 Featured Speakers #2

Chair: Joyce Tischler, Founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund

-Steven Wise, President, NonHuman Rights Project, United States, “Update on Litigation Filed on Behalf of Chimpanzees”

5:00 End of Presentations

7.00 Reception offered by Barcelona City Council.

Friday, 11th

9:00 Welcome Back, Associate Dean Pamela Frasch, Instructions

9:20 Panel #5 Animal Issues around the World

Chair: Professor Heron José de Santana Gordilho, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil

-Professor David Bilchitz, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, “Animal Interests and South African Law: the Elephant in the Room?”

-Professor Paul Locke, John Hopkins University, United States, “Animal Testing in US and EU”

-Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, Spain

“How Increasing Awareness of Animal Sentience Impacts Animal Law”

-Associate Professor Alex Bruce, Australian National University College of Law, “International Trade in Live Animals”

10:50 Coffee Break

11:10 Panel #6 Agricultural Animal Issues

Chair: Jean-Marc Neumann, French lawyer, the Founder and Editor of the web page: www.animaletdroit.com.

-Professor David Cassuto – Pace Law School, United States, “Free Speech and Viewing Agricultural Animal Facilities”

-Professor Martine LaChance, Université du Québec à Montréal “Montréal “Impact of religious beliefs on the protection of animals”

-Professor Peter Sankoff – University of Alberta, “Canadian Codes for Regulation of Agricultural Animals”

-Senior Researcher Birgitta Wahlberg, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, “The Regulation of Commercial Turkey Operations”

12:40 Lunch Break

Afternoon Breakout with choice of one of two panels

2:00 Panel #7 – Young Scholar Presentations

Chair: Steven Wise, President, Nonhuman Rights Project

-Moe Honjo, LLM student at Lewis & Clark Law School, "Introduction to Japanese Animal Law and Dramatic Changes to Animal Shelter"

-Loïs Lelanchon, PhD candidate at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, “Comparison of Spanish and French Animal Law”

- Cristina Bécares and María González, Spanish attorneys “Update of Spanish Animal Law.”

- Samuel Leon, PhD candidate, Universidad Autònoma de México, Mexico, "Progress and Challenges of Animal Law in Mexico"


2:00 Panel #8 – Cultural Perspectives

Chair: Professor Deborah Cao, School of Languages and Linguistics Griffith University, Australia.

-Professor Olivier Le Bot, Aix-Marseille University, France "The Limitation of Animal Protection for Religious or Cultural Reasons"

-Natasha Dolezal, Director LLM Program, Lewis & Clark Law School, United States “Kenya Legal Project”

-Associate Professor Gustavo Federico de Baggis, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina, "Arthur Bear’s Dilemma".

3:30 Coffee Break

4:00 Featured Speakers #3

Chair: Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, creator of the Animal Law Program at Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona.

Professor David Favre, Michigan State University College of Law, United States, “An idea for Animal Rights, A Path for Animal Welfare”

4:30 Featured Speakers #4

Chair: Assistant Dean Pamela Frasch, Executive Director of the Center for Animal law Studies at Lewis & Clark College of Law

Joyce Tischler, Founder, Animal Legal Defense Fund. “How Litigation Can Be Used to Protect Animals”

5:00 End of Conference


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