Master's Degree in Animal Law and Society
IntroductionThe master in Animal Law and Society is a professional specialisation programme which aims to train experts in animal-related professions. It is based on a comparative law perspective, while bearing in mind the needs of society as a whole.
The master is highly interdisciplinary and seeks to provide integrated training in the knowledge of animals in the fields of law, ethology, nutrition and welfare, ethical dimensions, artistic representations and entertainment, organisation and social responsibility.
The master is heavily focused on practical sessions, since it aims to train professionals in handling the new challenges posed by society and its relation with animals. The programme is addressed to those interested in developing a profession related to animals, providing them with the necessary theoretical and practical skills demanded by a society in constant communication and increasingly aware of the role a humane treatment to animals represents for sustainable development and for a peaceful coexistence.
We have opened the possibility of studying the first two modules that comprise the Master's program, offered as a single course of specialization in Animal Law and Society, and that leads to a Certificate of advantage.
Objectives- Provide students with the theoretical and practical tools needed to be familiar with legal measures taken in relation to animal protection, so that at the end of the course students have a total comprehension of how laws work in this specific and novel material; i.e. how to acquire and apply critical knowledge for anyone interested in working as a lawyer or a consultant to animal production industries; in veterinary clinics; training centres; local, regional and national corporations; non-governmental organisations; international or governmental organisations; and in teaching or research tasks.
- Approach subjects from a dynamic perspective to make students aware of the challenges posed by an increasingly globalised society which demands legal answers to the changes produced by animal rights movements.
- Make students aware of the problems and legal proposals offered and what perspectives of change and improvement could be proposed in the field of animal welfare.
- Give support to new media channels and research means for professionals acting as liaisons between the university and society.
- Apply the knowledge obtained to new or less developed environments found with multidisciplinary contexts.
- Degree or diploma holders in any discipline (preferably in Law, Humanities, Philosophy, Veterinary Medicine, History, Communication Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Education).
- People working, volunteering or with an interest in animal associations, centres or protection organisations.
- Local, autonomous and central government employees; named positions in the abovementioned administrations.
- Security force employees.
- Experts in international, governmental, national and local agencies, private companies and industries, education centres and the media.
- Specialisation in animal law as a judge, lawyer, or other legal operator in different branches of application.
- Consultant to companies and local, regional or national organisations, veterinary centres, education centres, animal shelters, protection organisations, security forces.
- Preparing the tools necessary to give support to individual projects aimed at improving animal welfare.
- Positions in local, regional and national administration bodies.
- Expert consultant in zoos and experimentation, production, entertainment and communication centres.
- Implementation of expert, quality projects which can assume the new requirements derived from greater knowledge of the legal status of animals and the social recognition of that status.
- Preparation for teaching animal law and society on academic and basic levels.
UAB-specific Master's Degree
Location: Facultat de Dret, Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Dates: from 01/10/2015 to 17/06/2016
English (50%), Spanish (50%)
Departamento de Derecho Público y Ciencias Histórico-Jurídicas
Åbo Akademi University
Animals’ Angels Foundation. Frankfurt
Compassion in World Farming
Eurogroup for Animals. Brussels, Belgium
European Encyclopedia of Animal Welfare. Universität Wien
Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE). Brussels, Belgium
Grupo de Investigación SGR: Animales, Derecho y Sociedad, ADS, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Humane Society of the United States; Humane Society International. Washington, D.C, USA; Brussels, B
PETA, Deutschland. Stuttgart
Ajuntament de Barcelona. Oficina de Protecció del Animals
ANAA (Asociación Nacional de Amigos de los Animales)
Comissió de Drets dels Animals del Il.lm. Col.legi d'Advocats de Barcelona
Departament d'Agricultura, Ramaderia i Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural. Generalitat de Catalunya.
Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)
Instituto G. Caporale. Teramo (Italia)
Lewis and Clark University. Center for Animal Law Studies
Michigan State University College of Law, Animal Legal Web Center
Universidades Federal da Bahia (UFBA). Facultat de Direito
Université de Limoges. Faculté de Droit
VIER PFOTEN - Stiftung für Tierschutz / FOUR PAWS
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