In this section, you can find an overview of all the conferences that our Centre is organising or has organised in the past.

European Animal Rights Law Conference

From 14-15 September 2019, we will host the first ever European Animal Rights Law Conference — a 1.5-day event which we aim to continue to run on an annual basis. If you are interested in attending the conference, you can register here by choosing from a range of available tickets (from free admission to tickets that include lunch and dinner). Here is the full programme of the Conference, which can also be downloaded as a PDF file.



9.00 – 9.30

9.30 – 10.00
Sean Butler and Raffael Fasel (Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law)

10.00 – 10.50
Panel 1: Habeas corpus for Animals

Macarena Montes Franceschini (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
“Legal Personhood: The Case of Chucho the Spectacled Bear”

Vincent Chapaux (Université libre de Bruxelles)
“Habeas Corpus as an Animal Right”

10.50 – 11.30
Coffee break

11.30 – 12.45
Panel 2: Constitutional Animal Rights

Charlotte Blattner (Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program)
“The Swiss Primate Case – A Stroke of Luck or Justice in Action?”

Birgitta Wahlberg (Åbo Akademi University)
“Fundamental Animal Rights: Proposal by the Finnish Animal Rights Lawyers Society”

Ariel Bendor and Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg (Bar-Ilan University)
“Animal Rights in the Shadow of the Constitution”

12.45 – 14.00
Lunch break

14.00 – 15.15
Panel 3: The Merits and Limits of Animal Protection Regimes

Anna Mulà Arribas (INTERcids)
“Animal Protection Regulations in Spain: Evolution, Development and Challenges”

Stephanie O’Flynn (National University of Ireland)
“Challenges and Opportunities in Irish Animal Protection Law”

Tomasz Pietrzykowski (University of Silesia)
“In Search of Common Principles of the European Animal Law”

15.15 – 16.00
Coffee break

16.00 – 17.15
Keynote address

Kristen Stilt (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program)
“Islamic Conceptions of Animal Rights”

17.15 – 18.30
Drinks reception



8.30 – 9.45
Panel 4: Human Rights, Legal Personhood, and Sentience

Joe Wills (University of Leicester)
“Human Rights and Animal Rights: A Synergistic Approach”

Visa Kurki (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)
“Legal Personhood and Animal Rights: Book launch of A Theory of Legal Personhood

Marita Giménez-Candela (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
“Sentience as a Legal Concept”

9.45 – 10.15
Coffee break

10.15 – 11.30
Panel 5: Animal Rights on the Ground

Nuria Menéndez de Llano (University of Oviedo)
“Legal Approach to Cruel Animal Festivals in Spain”

Marco van Duijn (Animal Rights)
“Advancing Animal Rights Using Legal Strategies”

Edie Bowles (Advocates for Animals)
“The Practice of Animal Law in the UK”

11.30 – 12.00
Wrap-up and group discussion