Humane Education

Sixth Annual Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School on 

Humane Education

Increasing sensitivity to animals and humans

21-24 July 2019, at St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford

  • Can education make people more humane?
  • Can empathy be taught?
  • Are humans “naturally” violent?
  • What is the role of humane societies in combatting cruelty?
  • How important is humane education to both animal protection and human protection?
  • How effective is the existing provision of humane education in schools, colleges, and universities worldwide?
  • Should public money fund humane education?
  • What is the rationale behind humane education?
  • Where are the leading centres of humane education, and who are the leading humane educators?
  • Does humane education expose the link between animal abuse and human violence?
  • Should animal ethics be part of humane education?

These are some of the questions that were addressed at our 2019 Summer School. We invited educationalists, ethicists, historians, lawyers, criminologists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, social scientists, humane society representatives, and others from around the globe to participate and present. We aim to produce a pioneering book volume that breaks new ground.

Registration is now closed. 

The final programme is available here.

The Summer School Terms and Conditions are here.

Photos from the Summer School can be found here.

The Summer School is being arranged by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (

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