Where to study animal law?

20 years ago, environmental law was a still a relatively new subject among lawyers. Today however, it is a recognised legal specialty. Animal law has been described as the "younger sibling" of environmental law in tha ttoday it is also a "new subject" in the law. However, it is developing at a much faster rate than environmental law did, and is now taught at an exponentially increasing number of law schools around the world.

Listed below are some of the tertiary education providers that currently offer courses, or have offered courses on animal law in the past. In addition to undergraduate courses, an increasing number of tertiary education providers are also offering postgraduate courses in animal law.
Please note that you are invited to let IAL know about new courses and education providers of animal welfare and law subjects. IAL is in the process of updating the IAL site so that you can add/delete the courses easily as and when they become available. Thank you for your help is maintaining this information resource.
  • University of Vienna
Australian National University (Canberra, ACT): 'Animals and the Law' is an undergraduate law elective which was taught for the first time by the Ven.. Alex Bruce in 2009. It will next be offered in Semester 1, 2011 .
  • Bond University
  • Flinders University (Adelaide, SA
  • Griffith University (Nathan Campus, Qld)
  • Macquarie University (Sydney, NSW)
  • Southern Cross University (Lismore Campus, NSW)
  • Southern Cross University (Byron Bay Campus, NSW)
  • University of Melbourne (Carlton, VIC) 
  • University of New South Wales (Kensington, NSW)
  • University of Sydney (Camperdown Campus, NSW)
  • University of Wollongong (Wollongong, NSW)
  • University of Technology Sydney (Haymarket, NSW)
  • Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • McGill University Faculty of Law (Montreal, Quebec)
  • University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • University of Ottawa (Ontario)
  • University of Quebec (Montreal, Quebec)
  • University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
  • University of Victoria (Victoria, British Columbia)
  • University of Science and Technology of China 
  • International Centre Herzliva
  • Rishon Lezion College (Rishon Lezion)
New Zealand
  • Canterbury University Faculty of Law (Christchurch) 
  • Auckland University Faculty of Law 
  • Massey University (offered as part of the Veterinary Law Course within the Masters of Veterinary Medicine Program)  
  • University of Barcelona (includes a Masters course)
United Kingdom
  • John Moores University (Liverpool)
  • Kingston University (London)
  • Northumbria University (Newcastle)
  • University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Leeds (Leeds)
United States
  • Animal law is now being taught in more than 100 law schools in the United States, including Harvard, Columbia and New York University. For further details about course offerings in the United States,  visit the websites of theAnimal Legal Defense Fund or the Center for Animal Law Studies.
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