Summer School 2020

Seventh Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics

Animals and Public Policy

Embodying, Implementing, and Institutionalising Animal Ethics

26-29 July 2020, at St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford

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.

How do we properly institutionalise the attitudinal change that has taken place over the last forty years?

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. We aim to produce a pioneering book volume that breaks new ground.

Abstracts of proposed contributions (no more than 200 words) should be sent to the Director of the Summer School, Clair Linzey via email: The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 15 January 2020.

All selected papers will be considered for publication in book form or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

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 (