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Animal Law Week 2018

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From 19 to 22 March 2018, ALI’s Animal Law Week brings together legal professionals and experts, in events across Australia, to facilitate discussions on the most pressing animal law issues and what must be changed to achieve a just world for animals. 

Find an Animal Law Week event near you below. 


Practical Animal Rights: Linking animal ethics and rights theory with legal advocacy

When: 6.00pm-7.30pm Monday 19 March 2018

Where: Bond University: 14 University Drive, Robina (Case Study 1, Level 3 - Legal Skills Building)

Event details:

Do you have an interest in animal rights theory and ethics, but want to know more about how this can be linked to legal advocacy?

Come and join us at a FREE event at Bond University where you will have the chance to hear more on this interesting topic from Queensland barrister Katrina Kluss.


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Katrina is a barrister practising in Brisbane, primarily in the areas of wills and estates, general commercial litigation, and insurance. She holds degrees in Law (Hons) and Psychological Science, and is presently completing her PhD in law at the University of Queensland. Katrina is the Queensland Co-ordinator for the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel, and volunteer counsel for the Animal Law Institute.

This is a fantastic opportunity for any lawyer or law student with an interest in practical legal advocacy to hear from someone who is actively engaged in animal law.

How do I register? Please register here.

Cost: Free (but bookings are essential)

Will there be nibbles? Drinks and canapés are provided on arrival.


How much is that sick puppy in the window? Using the Australian Consumer Law to hold puppy farms liable for negligent breeding

When: 6.00pm-7.30pm Wednesday 21 March 2018

Where: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers: 21/380 Latrobe St, Melbourne

Event details:

The issue of puppy farming and negligent breeding is a hot topic across Australia, attracting increasing media attention and political scrutiny. Consumer law is one important avenue through which animal law can be used to hold negligent breeders to account.

Come and chat from one of our founders, Victorian barrister Anastasia Smietanka, to learn more about how consumer law can contribute to increased welfare standards and what progress is being made in this space today.


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Anastasia is a co-founder, and key litigator, of our organisation, The Animal Law Institute. Anastasia is a Barrister at the Victorian Bar. She has been involved in the animal law movement for over seven years with leading organisations including the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel and Voiceless. She is currently also a member of the Legal Advisory Council at Voiceless, and on the Board of a number of animal rescue and foster care charities. She was the National Co-ordinator of the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel from 2012 to 2014 (and prior the Victorian Co-ordinator from 2009 to 2012), and was a speaker at the Voiceless Law Lecture Series in Melbourne 2013. She graduated from a Law/Media degree at the University of Melbourne in 2011 with an honours degree in French. While at the University of Melbourne, she was the President of the University of Melbourne Animal Protection Society. She lives in Melbourne with her four fur babies, an assortment of foster dogs and the occasional piglet. She is the co-founder of the Australia New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law.

What’s the cost and how do I register? Please register here.

Cost: $15.00 per person.

Will there be nibbles? Drinks and canapés are provided on arrival.


The complex life of marine animals and the legal fight to save them

When: 7.15am-8.45am Thursday 22 March 2018

Where: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers: 179 North Quay, Brisbane

Event details:

Do you have an interest in marine animal welfare, but want to know more about what is being done to protect marine animals through the law? Join us for a breakfast event in Brisbane to hear from two leading advocates in this exciting area of animal law.


Dr Jonathan Balcombe


Jonathan Balcombe is a biologist with a PhD in ethology, the study of animal behavior. He is the author of four popular science books on the inner lives of animals, including Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and What a Fish Knows, a New York Times best-seller. He has published over 60 scientific papers and book chapters on animal behavior and animal protection. Formerly Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University, and Director of Animal Sentience with The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, Jonathan currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Animal Sentience. He also teaches a course in animal sentience for the Viridis Graduate Institute. Jonathan currently lives in south Florida, where in his spare time he enjoys biking, baking, birding, Bach, and trying to understand the lizards on his patio.

Jordan Sosnowski

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Jordan is the Advocacy Director at Action for Dolphins. She graduated from Monash University with a Master of Laws, Juris Doctor and was admitted as a lawyer in NSW in 2013. Jordan is an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

What’s the cost and how do I register?

Cost: $15.00 per person.

Where do I register? Please register here.

Will there be food? Breakfast on arrival.



Animal Law Week is proudly supported by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Bond University.