Master in Animal Law and Society

If you are thinking of developing your professional career in the world of animals, the UAB offers the only Masters program in Europe in Animal Law and Society. Innovative and practical, the program is meant to mould professionals at the highest international level, with specific knowledge and administrative capabilities and with a global vision of the needs of a growing sector.

If you care about animals, make them your profession. If you work with animals, improve your education.

T. Giménez-Candela, Directora del ICALP (International Center for Animal Law and Policy).


10th Edition

Places: 40

Orientation: Professional

Credits: 60 ECTS

Code: 2826/10

Price: 3960 €

Modality: Onsite-Interactive-Online


Facultad de Derecho, Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Barcelona)


from 01/02/2021 to 10/11/2021

Teaching language

English (50%), Spanish (50%)

Coordinating centre

ICALP (International Center for Animal Law and Policy)

máster icalp

ES The master in Animal Law and Society is a professional specialisation programme which aims to train experts in animal-related professions. It is based on a comparative law perspective, while bearing in mind the needs of society as a whole. 

The master is highly interdisciplinary and seeks to provide integrated training in the knowledge of animals in the fields of law, ethology, nutrition and welfare, ethical dimensions, artistic representations and entertainment, organisation and social responsibility. 

The master is heavily focused on practical sessions, since it aims to train professionals in handling the new challenges posed by society and its relation with animals. The programme is addressed to those interested in developing a profession related to animals, providing them with the necessary theoretical and practical skills demanded by a society in constant communication and increasingly aware of the role a humane treatment to animals represents for sustainable development and for a peaceful coexistence.

We have opened the possibility of studying the first two modules that comprise the Master's program, offered as a single course of specialization in Animal Law and Society, and that leads to a Certificate of advantage.

  • Provide students with the theoretical and practical tools needed to be familiar with legal measures taken in relation to animal protection, so that at the end of the course students have a total comprehension of how laws work in this specific and novel material; i.e. how to acquire and apply critical knowledge for anyone interested in working as a lawyer or a consultant to animal production industries; in veterinary clinics; training centres; local, regional and national corporations; non-governmental organisations; international or governmental organisations; and in teaching or research tasks.
  • Approach subjects from a dynamic perspective to make students aware of the challenges posed by an increasingly globalised society which demands legal answers to the changes produced by animal rights movements.
  • Make students aware of the problems and legal proposals offered and what perspectives of change and improvement could be proposed in the field of animal welfare.
  • Give support to new media channels and research means for professionals acting as liaisons between the university and society.
  • Apply the knowledge obtained to new or less developed environments found with multidisciplinary contexts.
Access requirements
  • Degree or diploma holders in any discipline (preferably in Law, Humanities, Philosophy, Veterinary Medicine, History, Communication Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Education).

Student profile:

  • People working, volunteering or with an interest in animal associations, centres or protection organisations.
  • Local, autonomous and central government employees; named positions in the abovementioned administrations.
  • Security force employees.
Career opportunities
  • Experts in international, governmental, national and local agencies, private companies and industries, education centres and the media. 
  • Specialisation in animal law as a judge, lawyer, or other legal operator in different branches of application.
  • Consultant to companies and local, regional or national organisations, veterinary centres, education centres, animal shelters, protection organisations, security forces. 
  • Preparing the tools necessary to give support to individual projects aimed at improving animal welfare.
  • Positions in local, regional and national administration bodies.
  • Expert consultant in zoos and experimentation, production, entertainment and communication centres.
  • Implementation of expert, quality projects which can assume the new requirements derived from greater knowledge of the legal status of animals and the social recognition of that status. 
  • Preparation for teaching animal law and society on academic and basic levels.

Marga Barrera

Telephone: +34 93 581 11 67


Monday/Friday: 08.30-14:00h

Wednesday: 08:30-14:00h i 15:00-16:00h

Tuesday /Thursday : 10:30-14:00h i 15:00-19:00h

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Dep. Derecho Público y Ciencias Historicojurídicas

Edificio B - Despacho B2/-164

08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) 

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