The Program

Organized by: The University of Hong Kong Law Faculty, Michigan State University College of Law Animal Law Program, Lewis and Clark School of Law Center for Animal Law Studies, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona Masters in Animal Law, and Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy Program.

Day 1 – May 4th

9:00 Welcome, Introductions

Host, Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort and others

9:20 Panel #1 Animal Issues in China

Moderator: Dr Fiona Woodhouse, SPCA (HK) Deputy Director (Welfare)

Paul Littlefair, RSPCA International
Drivers for Animal Protection Legislation in China

Associate Professor Peter Li, The University of Houston-Downtown, USA
Animal Protection Law Making in China: The Political and Institutional Obstacles

Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort, The University of Hong Kong
The 2010 HKU/SPCA Review of Hong Kong’s Animal Welfare Legislation: Where are we now and where do we need to be?

10:40 Coffee Break

10:55 Panel #2 Europe A

Moderator: Dr. Gieri Bolliger, Attorney at Law, CEO Tier im Recht, Switzerland

Professor Olivier Le Bot, Aix-Marseille University, Paris
Is it useful to have Animal Protection in the Constitution?

Professor Tomasz Pietrzykowski, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
Polish Animal Welfare Law after 30 Years; Highlights, Achievements and Challenges

Antoine F. Goetschel, Attorney at Law, Switzerland
Let Animals Arise! Why and How the Animals in the UN – and the GAL Animal Law Friendly Index for all the Nations

12:15 Lunch – Provided on site

1:00 Panel #3 Asia Pacific Panel

Moderator; Mr Ayoshi, President of the China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation, International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (China)

M B Rodriguez Ferrere, Faculty of Law, The University of Otago, New Zealand
Sentience, animals and the limits of symbolic legislative reform

Nuggehalli Jayasimha, Managing Director of Humane Society International, India
Legislative Reforms in Animal Welfare: Indian Sub-continent

Dr Mariko Igimi, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University, Japan
Japanese Concept of Animals and Law

2:20 Featured Speakers #1

Professor Chang Jiwen, Institute of Resource and Environmental Policy, Development Research Centre of the State Council, PRC.
The Current State and Future Direction of China’s Animal Protection Legislation

2:50 Tea/Coffee break

3:10 Featured Speakers #2

Professor Kristen Stilt, Harvard Law School, United States
Halal Animals

3:40 Panel #4 America’s

Moderator: Chris Green, Executive Director, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

Associate Dean Pamela Frasch, Lewis and Clark Law School, USA
How to Advocate for Animals beyond Filing Lawsuits

Associate Professor Katie Skyes, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law, British Columbia, Canada
Whales, Inside Canada

Pablo Buompadre, President, Argentina Lawyers Association for the Rights of Animals Defending Animals: Leading Cases “Orangutan Sandra and Chimpanzee Cecilia

Carolina Leiva Ilabaca, Legislative Coordinator, Parlamentarios por la Dignidad Animal, Chile
The Crime of Animal Abuse in Chile: history, present and challenges in light of the new criminal type

5:00 Presentation by the World Dog Alliance

5:20 End of Presentations

5:40 Reception

6.30 Presentation of movie, “Unlocking the Cage,” about the efforts of Steve Wise to obtain legal rights for chimpanzee. (1 hour 32 minutes)

Day 2 – May 5th

9:00 Welcome Back, Associate Dean Pamela Frasch, Instructions

9:10 Panel #5 Europe B

Moderator: Dr Steven Benton, Veterinary Officer (Animal Management), Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department, Hong Kong

Professor Mike Radford OBE, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
A Duty to Care: the case for animal welfare legislation

Professor Marita Giménez-Candela, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Recent Developments in Spain’s Animal Law

Professor Birgitta Wahlberg, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Legislation Concerning Animals in Finland

10:30 Coffee Break

10:50 Panel #6 United States

Moderator: Chris Green, Executive Director, Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School

Professor David Favre, Michigan State University, United States
Increasing the visibility of Animals in the US Legal System

Joyce Tischler, Founder/General Counsel, Animal Legal Defense Fund, USA
Using Consumer Protection Law to Battle Factory Farming

Steven M. Wise, Eq., President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, USA
The Struggle of the Nonhuman Rights Project to Attain Legal Rights for Nonhuman Animals.

12:10 Lunch

1:00 Panel #7 Africa

Moderator: Shen Jiahui, PhD candidate, University of Washington

Ever Vimbai Chinoda, Executive Director for Speak Out For Animals, Zimbabwe
Introduction of Animal Law in Africa

Amy Wilson, Attorney, South Africa
The Design and Development of Animal Law Curriculum for Use in South African Universities

Jim Karani, Attorney, Kenya
Wildlife Issues of Kenya

2:20 Featured Speakers #3

Professor Tagore Trajano, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil Brazilian
Animal Law: A Constitutional Latin America Overview

2:50 Tea/Coffee Break

3:10 Featured Speakers #4

Dr. Steven White, Griffith Law School, Queensland, Australia Australian
Farm Animal Protection Standards: Reform on the Horizon?

3:40 Panel #8 – China 2nd Panel

Moderator: Dr Hon Elizabeth Quat, Legislative Council, Hong Kong SAR

Mr An Xiang, Beijing Dexiang Law Firm, PRC
Using Non-animal Protection Laws to Protect Animals

Professor He Hairen, Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, PRC
Animal Protection against the Background of Opposition to a Culture of Violence: A Chinese Perspective

Professor Gao Lihong, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, PRC
Historical Retrospect of China’s Animal Protection Legal System

5:00 Final Thoughts Professors Amanda Whitfort and David Favre