Animal Ethics and Law

Fifth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School

Animal Ethics and Law:

Creating Positive Change for Animals

22 – 25 July, 2018

St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford

in partnership with Kimberly Moore of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


Animal law has now become a recognised academic subject in its own right alongside animal ethics.

Papers are invited from academics worldwide on topics relating to animal law, animal ethics, and the relation between the two. We welcome a variety of perspectives that have a bearing on this relationship, including philosophical and religious ethics, historical, anthropological, scientific, psychological, and sociological perspectives.

Our particular focus is on how law can create positive change for animals, including the motivations and strategies for achieving legal reform and issues involving the administration, enforcement and effectiveness of existing legislation. We welcome perspectives from ethicists, legal scholars, barristers and solicitors, law enforcers, anti-cruelty inspectors, politicians, and opinion formers.

We are particularly interested in receiving contributions from countries worldwide in which animal legislation is developing as well as contributions from countries where such legislation is more established.

Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 300 words) should be sent to Clair Linzey via email: The deadline for abstracts is 1 January 2018. The call for papers in now closed. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a subsequent book volume or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

The provisional programme is available here.

Booking for the Summer School is now closed. The Summer School is completely full.

St Stephen’s House is an Anglican Theological College and a Hall of the University of Oxford. See

Further information about Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP can be found at

The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was founded in 2006 and pioneers ethical perspectives on animals through academic research, teaching, and publication. See

A short film of the previous 2017 Oxford Summer School can be found here, and the gallery of photographs here.