ANIWERE is proud to announce a new seminar, with meetings to be held monthly from January 2021 onwards. The purpose of the seminar is to bring together academics interested in animal law and offer them a platform to discuss their research. The seminar also functions as a medium through which our researchers will regularly report about their ongoing work as the project unfolds. The seminar is open to everyone. The official languages of the seminar are Finnish and English.

Individual sessions will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 4:15 pm to 5:45 pm. For the time being, all sessions will be virtual, but we may shift towards a hybrid model later during the spring depending on the COVID-19 situation. The seminar will be on summer recess during June, July and August.

Confirmed sessions and speakers for the spring term:

27 January – Birgitta Wahlberg (Åbo Akademi University): Animal Law: Present State & Future Prospects

24 February – Ankita Shanker (University of Lucerne, currently visiting University of Helsinki): Rights-Holding Persons

31 March – Marianna Muravyeva (University of Helsinki): Sex with animals or sexual abuse of animals? Legal protection of animal’s inviolability

28 April – Veera Koponen (University of Helsinki): Eläinoikeus ja Suomen valtiosääntö (in Finnish)

26 May – Eva Bernet Kempers (University of Antwerp): Beyond hedonism: dignity as a general principle of animal law"