Call for Papers
On 25 and 26 May 2023, the Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law, Kent Law School, Canterbury, UK; the journal dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies), Barcelona, Spain; the Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA; the Faculty of Law and Political Science, Aix-Marseille University, France; and the Faculty of Law, University of Timișoara, Romania, will jointly convene a Postgraduate Workshop specifically devoted to Comparative Animal Law. The Workshop, which will be held online, is open to LLM, MSL and PhD candidates from around the world working in the field of comparative animal law broadly understood. This initiative pursues various aims:
- to promote innovative research on animal law from a comparative perspective;
- to provide postgraduate students with an opportunity to discuss their current research on comparative animal law with their peers and a team of experts; and
- to allow for the creation of networks between young researchers from a wide range of cultural backgrounds having an interest in comparative animal law.
Participants are invited to reflect on a variety of topics pertaining to comparative animal law such as:
- histories of animals in law;
- the constitutionalization of animal rights;
- tensions between animal rights and local cultures;
- interpretation and translation issues in animal law;
- epistemological and methodological aspects of animal law research;
- the economics and politics of animal law;
- the transferability of legal rules related to animals;
- conflicts between animal rights and human rights;
- intersections between animal law and environmental law;
- the inadequacies of regional and international animal rights protection regimes;
- the challenges of global animal law;
- the future of comparative animal law.
This list is not exhaustive, and other topics regarding comparative animal law are also welcome.
The Postgraduate Workshop on Comparative Animal Law will take place over two half days on Thursday, 25 and Friday, 26 May 2023. It will operate virtually and simultaneously on Pacific Time, UK, and European clocks. The Workshop will start with an opening keynote from a distinguished scholar in animal law. The keynote presentation will be followed by general discussion. The remainder of the Workshop will feature 8 presentations by LLM, MSL and PhD candidates. Each presentation will benefit from constructive recommendations by experts in animal law and comparative law. The Workshop will close with a keynote from a distinguished scholar in comparative law followed by general discussion. In the course of the Workshop, the matter of publication of contributions will be addressed.
Professor Joyce Tischler, Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA
Professor Pierre Legrand, Sorbonne, France
Professor Pamela Frasch, Brooks McCormick Jr. Scholar of Animal Law and Policy,
Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA
Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, Senior Researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies), Barcelona, Spain
Dr Simone Glanert, Director, Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law, Kent Law School, Canterbury, UK
Professor Olivier Le Bot, Director, Animal Law Program, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Dr Alexandra Mercescu, Faculty of Law, University of Timișoara, Romania
Professor Raj Reddy, Director, Animal Law Program, Center for Animal Law Studies, Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, USA
The entire event will be open to the public. Anyone having an interest in comparative animal law is invited to attend the Workshop. Registration will take place via Zoom and will be free of charge.
Given the framework of the Workshop, it will be possible to accommodate 8 LLM, MSL or PhD candidates wishing to present their thesis or dissertation for 20 minutes each. Students who want to present their research at the Workshop must submit an abstract of no more than 250 words and a biographical note of no more than 250 words by 15 March 2023. Candidates are strongly encouraged to explain how their work features a comparative dimension.
Students selected to present will be advised by 1 April 2023 and will be given the opportunity to submit a longer summary of their work of no more than 750 words by 1 May 2023, which will then be circulated to the discussants joining the Workshop.
The papers presented at the workshop will be published in the form of a special issue in dA. Derecho Animal (Forum of Animal Law Studies) (https://revistes.uab.cat/da). Students will be provided with more detailed information about the publication process at the workshop.
All materials must be sent both to Dr Simone Glanert, Director, Kent Centre for European and Comparative Law, Kent Law School (S.Glanert@kent.ac.uk), and Dr Alexandra Mercescu, Faculty of Law, University of Timișoara (email@example.com).
Inquiries can be addressed either to Dr Glanert or Dr Mercescu.