The Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law is an academic centre of competence dedicated to the study and promotion of fundamental rights for non-human animals and is based in Cambridge, UK. The Centre builds on the success of the Talking Animals, Law & Philosophy series which has become a renowned forum for exchange of research in animal rights law ever since its inception in 2015.
Why animal rights law? The welfare of animals has been on moral, social, and legal agenda since the 19th century, and many countries have made significant progress in passing animal welfare legislation. The concept of animal rights as such has also existed for many years but has received less attention for a variety of reasons, including its fundamental challenge to the view of animals as property. Perhaps as a result there is relatively little solid legal work on the understanding and promotion of animal rights—what they might look like, and how to deal with the social and economic consequences. Our Centre wants to remedy this situation.
researches and publishes in the field of animal rights law, exploring and developing the key themes;
teaches the (currently extracurricular) Animal Rights Law course and other such courses to students, so that future leaders among our students will understand the issues and solutions;
offers talks for lay audiences;
supports law faculties at other universities internationally to assist them in offering their own courses, so that Animal Rights Law becomes a mainstream course within law degrees;
holds conferences and workshops for legal academics and decision-makers, to encourage awareness of animal rights;
builds national and global significance in influencing public policy on animal rights law, providing information and support to governments and courts internationally, so that animal welfare continues to improve and animal rights becomes a reality.
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Please note that the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law is an independent centre, not a Law Faculty centre.