Animals and Public Policy

Seventh Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics

Animals and Public Policy

Embodying, Implementing, and Institutionalising Animal Ethics

7-10 August 2022, at Merton College, Oxford

In partnership with the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Compassion in World Farming, and Susan and Dan Boggio.

We are witnessing a change in attitudes to animals – from the idea that they are tools, machines, commodities, here for our use, to the idea that they are sentient beings who have intrinsic value, dignity, and rights. This Summer School will be concerned with how that change of attitude should be embodied, implemented and institutionalised in public policy, including legislation, education, business, arts, sciences, literature, and religion.

We invite public policy advisers and academics, educationalists, ethicists, historians, lawyers, criminologists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, social scientists, and others from around the globe to participate and present. All selected papers will be considered for publication in book form or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

We have over sixty confirmed speakers. The programme is available here.

Booking for the Summer School is now closed.

Photographs from the Summer School can be seen in the gallery here.

The Summer School terms and conditions are available here.

The Summer School is being arranged by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics ( The Summer School is being held at Merton College, University of Oxford (