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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
UAB Barcelona Summer School

Animal Law: Theoretical and Practical Aspects of a growing Field (NEW)


This course aims to introduce the students to the most relevant aspects of Animal Law, both from a theoretical and from a practical perspective, and equally at domestic and international levels.  

 The theoretical aspects will cover the historical and philosophical bases of the consideration of animals by human groups (moving from the status of mere ‘property’, to that of ‘property’ and ‘subject of protection’ at once), followed by a review of the practical aspects of the embodiment of these bases in Law, at a domestic level, through examples from different legal systems, as well as an international level. In this sense, we will explore the regulations corresponding to different areas, including Private, Administrative, Criminal, Constitutional and International Law. Among others, we will study the existing legislation concerning animal anti-cruelty laws; responsible ownerships of pets; animals as family members; animal experimentation; animal breeding and slaughter for consumption; wildlife protection, and hunting/fishing regulation. 

 The main objectives of the course are that the students are able to reach an understanding of the role of animals in Law; to learn the various ways how the Law regulates the different areas related to animals; to identify the rules and areas to be addressed in several practical cases, as much as to understand how this new field relates to the rest of a given legal system, recognizing its main limitations and challenges, all from an objective, critical, reflective and broad perspective. 

Courses generally have little or no prerequisite knowledge required for a given topic, however if students face any doubts, we recommend they contact course professors to clarify.


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