The Program

Organized by: The University of Hong Kong Law Faculty, Michigan State University College of Law Animal Law Program, Lewis and Clark School of Law Center for Animal Law Studies, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona Masters in Animal Law, and Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program.

[This is a preliminary program and subject to change.]

Day 1 – May 4th

9:00 Welcome, Introductions

Host, Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort and others

9:20 Panel #1 Animal Issues in China

Attorney An Xiang, Beijing Dexiang Law Firm, PRC
Professor He Hairen, Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, PRC
Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

10:40 Coffee Break

10:55 Panel #2 Europe A

Professor Olivier Le Bot, Aix-Marseille University, France
Professor Tomasz Pietrzykowski, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Antoine F. Goetschel, J.D., President of Global Animal Law GAL Association, Switzerland

12:15 Lunch – Provided on site

1:00 Panel #3 North America Panel

Professor Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean, Animal Law, Lewis and Clark Law School, United States
Associate Professor Peter J. Li, University of Houston, China Policy Advisor, Humane Society International, United States
Associate Professor Katie Skyes, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law, Canada

2:20 Featured Speakers #1

Professor Chang Jiwen, Institute of Resource and Environmental Policy, Development Research Centre of the State Council, PRC

2:50 Tea/Coffee break

3:10 Featured Speakers #2

Professor Kristin Stilt, Harvard Law School, United States

3:40 Panel #4 Africa

Judge Joel Ngugi, High Court of Kenya, Kenya
Ever Vimbai Chinoda, Executive Director Speak out for Animals, Zimbabwe
Attorney Amy Wilson, South Africa
Paul Littlefair, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) International, United Kingdom

5:00 – Presentation by the World Dog Alliance

5:20 – End of Presentations

5:40 – Reception for all attendee’s – at Law School

7:15 – Presentation of movie, “Unlocking the Cage,” about the efforts of Steven M. Wise to obtain legal rights for chimpanzees (1 hour 32 minutes)

Day 2 – May 5th

9:00 Welcome Back, Professor Pamela Frasch, Associate Dean, Animal Law, Lewis and Clark Law School, United States, Instructions

9:10 Panel #5 Europe B

Professor Mike Radford, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, Director of Master in Animal Law and International Center for Animal Law and Policy (ICALP), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Dr Birgitta Wahlberg, Department of Law, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

10:30 Coffee Break

10:50 Panel #6 United States

Steven M. Wise, Eq., Founder and President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, United States
Professor David Favre, College of Law, Michigan State University, United States
Joyce Tischler, Co-founder and General Counsel of Animal Legal Defense Fund, United States

12:10 Lunch Break – provided on location

1:00 Panel #7 Asia-Pacific

Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, New Zealand
Nuggehalli Jayasimha, Managing Director of Humane Society International/India
Professor Mariko Igimi, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University, Japan

2:20 Featured Speakers #3

Professor Tagore Trajano, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

2:50 Tea/Coffee Break

3:10 Featured Speakers #4

Dr Steven White, Griffith Law School, Australia

3:40 Panel #8 – South America

Professor Pablo Buompadre, President of Argentina Lawyers Association for the Rights of Animals (AFADA), Argentina
Carolina Leiva Ilabaca, Legislative Co-ordinator, Parlamentarios por la Dignidad Animal, Chile

4:30 Final Thoughts, Professors Amanda Whitfort and David Favre

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