NB: Due to the ongoing pandemic, we cannot yet confirm exact dates for the conference. That said, we hope to be able to host the event in late 2021 or early 2022. Further details to be confirmed later.

Animal law has been around for a long time. The history of legal regulation having to do with the human-animal relationship can be traced back centuries, perhaps even millennia. As an object of academic inquiry, the field is much younger, yet still several decades old. Largely an Anglo-American enterprise at start, scholarly interest and education in animal law have since spread around the world. Meanwhile, global concerns such as climate change and animal-borne pandemics have made the field more topical than ever before.

Alas, many foundational questions remain unanswered. Defining the field, for one, has proven an elusive affair with authors attaching the label to more than just one kind of phenomenon. New perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches would likely produce novel explanations as well as inspiration for future research. Last but certainly not least, the general principles of animal law await identification and elucidation.

To address these and other similar topics, we are proud to announce a conference on the Theory of Animal Law to be hosted at the University of Helsinki in late 2021 or early 2022. The event seeks to explore the more theoretical aspects of the field of animal law from multiple points of view. As such, we welcome papers from all relevant academic disciplines concerning topics including but not limited to:

  • What is animal law?
  • The general principles of animal law
  • Animals, the constitution, and fundamental rights
  • The intersection of animal law and other disciplines