Talking Animals, Law & Philosophy


The Talking Animals, Law & Philosophy series was established in 2015 by Raffael Fasel, Executive Director of the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law. Ever since its inception, the talk series has been providing a welcoming, engaging and rigorous forum for debate and ideas about the relations between animals, law, and philosophy. The series’s events are normally held in the Cambridge Faculty of Law, The David Williams Building, 10 West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DZ. All talks are free and open to all. No registration required.

In this section, you can find the programme of this year’s Talking Animals, Law & Philosophy series. You can also download the term cards as PDF files (for the Michaelmas 2019 term card click here). You can furthermore find all our past events here and can download the programmes of the firstsecond, third, and fourth edition as PDF files. 


Upcoming talks


“Aesop and the Greek Law of Animals”

1 November 2019, 4-6pm, Room G24, Law Faculty
Fred Naiden

Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of History


“Recent Perspectives on Rights of Nature”

19 November 2019, 4-6pm, Room G28, Law Faculty
Guillaume Chapron

Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricutural Sciences


“Can the Legal Regime Governing People with Mental Health Conditions be Applied to Animals?”

3 December 2019, 4-6pm, Room G28, Law Faculty
Tatiana Amdur

Solicitor at Guile Nicholas Law

Past talks


“Animal Rights and Veganism as a Moral Imperative”

14 May 2019
Gary Francione

Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, Rutgers University Law School; Honorary Professor (Philosophy), University of East Anglia


“Humans and Their Relationships with Working Animals in Early Modern England: The Value and Problem of Legal Evidence”

28 March 2019
Erica Fudge

Professor of English, School of Humanities, University of Strathclyde


“Freedom of Religion v. Animal Welfare: The Case of Unstunned Ritual Slaughter”

31 January 2019
Paul Cliteur

Professor of Jurisprudence, Law School, Leiden University


“An Animal History of Zoos”

2 May 2018
Violette Pouillard

Postdoctoral Assistant in History, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University


“The Struggle of the Nonhuman Rights Project for the Legal Personhood of Non-human Animals”

5 April 2018
Steven Wise

Founder and President of the Nonhuman Rights Project


“The Unhappy Marriage of Animality and Cognitive Disability”

6 March 2018
Alice Crary

Scholar at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Study, School of Social Science; Professor of Philosophy and Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics, University of Oxford 

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“Suffering in Non-human Animals”

23 January 2018
Peter Fordyce

RSPCA and Blue Cross Clinician & Affiliated Lecturer in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge 


“Values in Animal Cognitive Science”

22 November 2017
Marta Halina

University Lecturer in the Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

“Are Human Rights Animals’ Rights, Too?”

2 May 2017
Saskia Stucki

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg

“Collective Responsibility: Animals, the State, and Public Policy”

5 April 2017
Mike Radford

Reader, School of Law, University of Aberdeen 

“A Theory of Global Inter-Species Justice”

15 February 2017
Alasdair Cochrane

Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield

“Three Puzzles for Animal Rights: Cows, Lions, and Featherless Chickens”

17 November 2016
Jeff Skopek

Lecturer in Medical Law, Ethics and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

“Animal Law and Environmental Law: Parallels and Synergies” &

“A Person by Any Other Name? Potential Legal Recognition of Non-human Animal Legal Personhood in Australia and the United States”

11 & 12 October 2016
Randall Abate

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Florida A&M University 

“Animals and Democratic Theory: Beyond an Anthropocentric Approach”

10 May 2016
Robert Garner

Professor, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

“A Moderate Position on the Political and Legal Status of Sentient Animals”

26 February 2016
Ben Sachs

Lecturer in Philosophy, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies, University of St. Andrews

“‘Some Are More Equal Than Others’: The Protection of Animals Under UK Law”

9 February 2016
Natalie Cargill

Pupil Barrister, Littleton Chambers

“The Status of Non-human Animals: Science, Philosophy, Law”

(with an introduction by Jeff Skopek)

27 November 2015
Michael Bowman

Associate Professor in Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham