One of the key missions of the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law is to give students the tools they require to understand existing animal welfare laws and to reflect critically on the need for fundamental animal rights.

Since 2017, we have been offering the extracurricular course Animal Rights Law at the Cambridge Law Faculty. Our extracurricular course is organised in the same manner as a Cambridge half-paper, which means that it is taught over two terms in 1-hour per week sessions, starting in the Michaelmas Term. The course proceeds in three parts, covering, first, the history and the status quo of animal welfare laws, second, the philosophy and legal theory of animal rights, and third, the practical implications of animal rights, including model animal rights laws and animal rights cases. Our course is currently offered on a no credit-basis, and is open to all Cambridge students and external students upon request. An overview of our course syllabus is available here.

We aim to continuously extend our extracurricular course offering, starting with a more advanced Animal Rights Law Seminar in 2020