Animal Law Week 2017 (ACT): Licence to Kill: How Our New Wildlife Laws Threaten Animals and Democracy
6:30 pm18:30

Animal Law Week 2017 (ACT): Licence to Kill: How Our New Wildlife Laws Threaten Animals and Democracy

  • The Griffin Centre

This presentation will examine recent changes in the regulation of wildlife in NSW and the ACT. The ADO will explore why these changes make it easier to harm and harder to defend wild animals, and how the Eastern Grey Kangaroo is the main target of the new measures.

Cost: FREE

Speaker: Tara Ward, Director, Animal Defenders Office & Mike Rosalky, Lawyer, Animal Defenders Office

Tara Ward is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Animal Defenders Office. Tara is a member of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (ACT Government), the ANU Animal Ethics Committee, and Voiceless’ Legal Advisory Council. Tara teaches Animal Law at the University of NSW, and is a co-founder and organiser of the Living Green Festival, Canberra’s long-running cruelty-free festival.

Mike Rosalky volunteers as a lawyer and director for the Animal Defenders Office, a not-for-profit animal law centre based in the ACT. Mike assists and advises clients about animal law matters, speaks to groups about the animal law framework in Australia, and advocates for animal law reform through public forums and meetings with ministers. Outside this role, Mike works as a government lawyer.

Animal Law Week 2017 (NSW): A Commission for Animal Welfare?
5:30 pm17:30

Animal Law Week 2017 (NSW): A Commission for Animal Welfare?

  • Customs House Library

Jed will provide insights on the Productivity Commission’s recent landmark report into the regulation of Australian agriculture and its proposal for the establishment of an Australian Commission for Animal Welfare. This presentation will canvass the development of the report, its implications for animal welfare policy in Australia, and the likely course of the impending political debate surrounding its recommendations.

Cost: $20 with finger food provided

Speaker: Jed Goodfellow, Senior Policy Officer, RSPCA Australia

Dr Jed Goodfellow is a Senior Policy Officer at RSPCA Australia with a focus on legislative and regulatory issues affecting animal welfare. He has taught Animal Law at Macquarie University on an annual basis since 2012 and recently completed a PhD examining the animal welfare regulatory framework within the Australian agricultural sector. Prior to undertaking his postgraduate research, Jed practised as a prosecutor for RSPCA South Australia, a solicitor for commercial law firm Clayton Utz, and worked as an inspector for RSPCA Queensland.

Animal Law Week 2017 (QLD): When Will Animals Get The Justice They Deserve? Panel Session Discussing The Enforcement of Animal Protection Law
6:00 pm18:00

Animal Law Week 2017 (QLD): When Will Animals Get The Justice They Deserve? Panel Session Discussing The Enforcement of Animal Protection Law

  • Griffith University

Cost: $20 includes finger food and drinks on arrival 


  1. Dr Steven White, Animal Law Academic, Griffith University
  2. Tracey Jackson - RSPCA Prosecutions Officer
  3. Adrian Braithwaite - QLD Barrister 


Adrian Braithwaite (QLD Barrister) has specialised in crime and misconduct law for the past 16 years. He was a solicitor at Gilshenan and Luton Legal Practice for 14 years, 7 as partner, before going to the bar. He conducts both defence and prosecution cases, is on the Commonwealth DPP prosecution panel, and regularly prosecutes for statutory agencies such as the RSPCA. 

Prior to joining Gilshenan and Luton, Adrian worked as a barrister in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and as an investigator with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Adrian was one of the inaugural recipients of specialist accreditation in criminal law by the Queensland Law Society in 2006 and has previously served as a Director of the Queensland Drug and Alcohol Foundation. He presently sits on the Proctor, Specialist Accreditation and Symposium Queensland Law Society committees.


Dr Steven White is a lecturer at Griffith Law School in Brisbane. He teaches property law, foundations of law and animal law. He recently completed a PhD in the area of animal protection law, and has published widely in the field, including edited collections and in leading law reviews. His most recent book was a collection co-edited with Professor Deborah Cao, Animal Law and Welfare: International Perspectives.


Tracey Jackson (RSPCA) has 15 years’ experience in law enforcement, and for almost 10 years specialised in investigation of child abuse and sex offences. She served for 4 years as the Assistant Chief Inspector for RSPCA Qld, spearheading policy development and working collaboratively with executive levels of government in developing key pieces of legislation that have set new national benchmarks in animal welfare law. She worked as a paralegal for 3 years with Couper Geysen – Family and Animal Law, where she dealt with the animal law matters and RSPCA prosecutions. She has recently returned to RSPCA on a full time basis as the Prosecutions Officer.
Her practical experience in the legal and education sectors coupled with formal studies in Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education has enabled her to develop a unique skill set which underpins her current role.

Animal Law Week 2017 (VIC): 'Are You Involved in Animal Protection? 101 Training Session for Advocates'
10:00 am10:00

Animal Law Week 2017 (VIC): 'Are You Involved in Animal Protection? 101 Training Session for Advocates'

  • RMIT University

Cost: Donation optional $10

Do you work or volunteer in animal protection? This is an interactive training session, run by the Animal Law Institute's legal team, for individuals who work or volunteer for not-for-profits. This session will cover the legal issues that not for profits face on a day to day basis and work through a number of hypothetical scenarios.

You must work or volunteer with an animal protection organisation to attend this event.

This event will not cover criminal law.

Registrations have closed for this event as we have reached capacity. Please check back closer to the event date.

Sep 17


  • Monash University Law Chambers


The Australia New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law (ANIMAL) is hosted by The Animal Law Institute and sponsored by Voiceless the animal protection institute. ANIMAL is one of the largest student moots in Australia and New Zealand and it is the only animal law moot for Australian and New Zealand law students. The competition is open to any student currently enrolled in a law degree in Australia or New Zealand. Teams can consist of either 2 or 3 individuals. In 2015, ANIMAL was held at the University of Melbourne. In 2014, ANIMAL was held at Bond University.

ANIMAL 2016 was hosted by Flinders University, Adelaide (Grand Final winners of ANIMAL 2015) over the weekend of 17 - 18 September 2016. The winners of the event were Bond University.

Key Dates for ANIMAL 2017

Registrations close for early bird registrations: 9 June 2017
All registrations close: 21 July 2017
Moot problem released: 11 August 2017 at 5 pm
Submissions due: 8 September 2017 at 9 am
Mooters receive opposing teams' submissions for round 1: 14 September 2017 at 5 pm

Competition Rules

The Competition Rules for ANIMAL 2017 can be accessed here.


A full program will be released shortly.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions you can contact our ANIMAL Co-ordinator, Chelsea, at