Animal Law Reform South Africa (ALRSA) together with the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a Centre of the University of Johannesburg are holding a ground-breaking conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on the theme:
‘Legal Evolution and the New Rights Revolution: Expanding the Sphere of Protection to Animals and the Environment’
The conference aims to focus on the expansion of rights and law beyond the human sphere and is one of the first of its kind on the African continent. We are receiving Abstracts on a rolling basis. Please submit yours via email: email@example.com
* Statement as at 4 June 2020
We would like to thank everyone who has expressed interest in the Conference thus far, as well as those who have submitted abstracts. We are extremely delighted with the Submissions we have received from around the world.
Unfortunately, given all of the current uncertainty in relation to COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the in-person Conference until the end of 2021 or early 2022. We have done this as we believe that is valuable to have a physical Conference and bring stakeholders together on the African continent. We will confirm the final dates in due course once we have more clarity about the restrictions and requirements that will apply to South Africa. We are of the view that it is of critical importance to continue with the objectives and research areas we have provided for in our Concept Note and accordingly, we still intend to proceed with both the Conference as well as the Publication. We are also exploring the option of an interim online seminar in November or December 2020.
We will thus be receiving abstracts on a rolling basis and exploring different options on how to coordinate these and our efforts in the best practicable way. A new deadline will be communicated when a new date can be confirmed. We encourage you to continue submitting abstracts on the themes as per the Concept Note and Call for Papers to firstname.lastname@example.org and to reach out with any ideas, queries or concerns.
We appreciate your patience as we navigate these difficult times, and please continue to check our Website and Facebook Page for further details.
Yours in solidarity, Animal Law Reform South Africa and the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), a Centre of the University of Johannesburg
How Litigation against Zoos is Unlocking Legal Rights for Animals Globally
Animal Law Reform South Africa and The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (a centre of the University of Johannesburg), hosted an online Seminar titled:
‘Uncaging Rights: How Litigation against Zoos is Unlocking Legal Rights for Animals Globally’
The event was held online on 26 May 2021 at 17h30 – 19h30 (South African time – GMT plus 2). The recording of the Seminar can be found on our YouTube Channel.
Our amazing Panelists included a group of international legal experts:
- Professor Steven Wise (USA)
- Dr Alok Hisarwala Gupta (India)
- Owais Awan (Pakistan)
- Macarena Montes Franceschini (Chile)
- Professor Bonita Meyersfeld (South Africa)
Last year, a ground-breaking judgment explicitly recognizing the rights of animals was released by the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan when a case was brought before it relating to captive zoo animals kept in terrible conditions. Similarly, courts around the world including in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, India and others, are being (or have been) approached to adjudicate on similar applications to release animals from captivity in zoos.
These cases have not only drawn public attention to these issues, but stimulated much innovative legal advocacy. While some of these cases have not been successful, where they have, the judgments have pushed the traditional boundaries insofar as they relate to the legal recognition of certain rights of animals. Many of these cases draw from and recognize developments in other jurisdictions, suggesting the emergence of a transnational judicial dialogue in this area.
This burgeoning trend of cases centering captive animals in zoos as a focal point for legal developments is fascinating and merits attention.
This legal seminar sought to place the spotlight on these developments and asked the following questions:
- Why are cases dealing with captive animals being chosen by animal advocates as the sites of challenge for unacceptable treatment?
- What are the legal approaches being used to argue for the release of captive animals in various jurisdictions?
- What are the arguments that courts have used where animals have been successfully released or rehabilitated?
- What are the arguments courts have used to reject applications to release animals?
- Is there an emerging transnational body of jurisprudence in this area or is the reasoning particular to specific jurisdictions?
- What are the optimal remedies that courts are asked to give when addressing captive animals?
- What can be learnt from comparing and contrasting these cases in these different jurisdictions about the role of litigation in advancing animal rights?
- What opportunities do these developments hold for the advancement of animal protection in other areas?
For additional information, please check our Facebook Event Page.
“WHAT IS ANIMAL LAW?”
Hosted by Animal Law Reform South Africa online on 22 July 2020 at 18h00 SAST.
While most people would have heard of different branches of law – environmental law; constitutional law; contract law; family law; international law, etc. – one thing that we at ALRSA get asked all the time is – What exactly is “Animal Law”?
In short – while there is no universal definition – Animal law includes all facets of the law and policy including but not limited to legislative, judicial and executive that relate to, consider and interact with the interests and issues of non-human animals or the interests of humans with respect to animals. So one could say it encompasses ALL of the above mentioned areas of law – and various others.
Understanding what Animal Law is, is an important first step to incorporating it meaningfully into the existing animal protection movement and thus we thought it would be an ideal topic for our very first Webinar. And who better to explain what Animal Law is, than the “Mother of Animal Law” herself, Professor Joyce Tischler.
Animal Law Reform South Africa invites you to join us on 22 July at 18h00 SAST for an Educational Online Session exploring the question “What is Animal Law”?
In the past forty years, a new field of the law has emerged: animal law. It is a combination of statutory and case law in which the nature – legal, social or biological – of nonhuman animals is the defining factor.
Animal law encompasses companion animals, wildlife, animals used in entertainment, animals used for food and research and others.
The cases brought within the realm of animal law encourage us to consider whether and when the interests of animals matter. Is our society ready for lawyers to be representing those interests? Can we find a balance between the interests of humans who use animals for a variety of purposes and the interests and needs of the animals?
Registration for the event is required, free of charge. Please email: email@example.com to reserve your spot and receive the Zoom link. The session will be an hour long from 18h00 to 19h00 with allocated time for questions and will be moderated by Amy P. Wilson, Director of ALRSA. The session will be recorded.
About Professor Tischler:
Attorney, Joyce Tischler has devoted her career to advancing the field of animal law. In 1979, Joyce co-founded the first U.S. nonprofit dedicated to protecting animals using the legal system, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). She served as the ALDF’s executive director for 25 years and then, its general counsel until her retirement from ALDF in the spring of 2019.
Today, Joyce is Professor of Practice in Animal Law at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR. She teaches Industrial Animal Agriculture Law and Policy and the Fundamentals of Animal Law (survey course). She co-authored Animal Law: New Perspectives on Teaching Traditional Law, and is now co-authoring a first-of-its-kind casebook on industrial animal agriculture law.