Summer School 2022

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

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. Those interested in joining the waiting list for presenting should email the Director of the Summer School, Clair Linzey:

The programme is available here.

Booking for the Summer School is now closed.

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 (