Summer School 2022

Seventh Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics

Animals and Public Policy

Embodying, Implementing, and Institutionalising Animal Ethics

August 2022, at Merton College, Oxford

Due to Covid-19 the 2021 Summer School has been postponed until August 2022. Please see the announcement here.

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.

The call for papers is now closed. Those interested in joining the waiting list for presenting, shouldemail the Director of the Summer School, Clair Linzey:

Registration for the Summer School will open in autumn 2021 at which time the exact dates will be released.

The Summer School terms and conditions are available here.

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 ( The Summer School is being held at Merton College, University of Oxford (