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Pioneering Law Publication by Centre Fellow

10th August 2010

Centre Fellow, Professor Deborah Cao of Griffith University, Australia, has co-authored a pioneering new book, Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand with Steven White (Griffith University) and Katrina Sharman (Voiceless: Animal Protection Institute).

The book was launched on 3rd August, 2010, at the University of Sydney Law School by New South Wales Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC CVO, as part of the Voiceless 2010 Animal Law Series, and again on 6th August at the Griffith University Law School in Brisbane, Australia.  The guest speaker for the occasion was Joyce Tischler, Co-founder and General Counsel for the US Animal Legal Defense Fund, widely known as “the mother of the animal law movement”.

The Hon Michael Kirby, AC CMG, a former High Court judge of Australia, wrote the Foreword for the book, an extract of which was published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 6th August, 2010 and can be read at here. The book comprises both theoretical and practical components of animal law in general and specially with reference to Australia and New Zealand.

Apart from writing about animal law in Australia, Professor Cao has also been working on the promotion of animal welfare law in her native country of China. She has contributed to an experts’ proposal for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Law of the People’s Republic of China. The full text of the proposed law in English translation can be found here.