The 2015 Animal Law Lecture Series is an opportunity to hear from leaders in animal law and policy from across the country. Our speakers will share their knowledge of the philosophy of property law, habeas corpus and the prospects for reform in the way nonhuman animals are treated in Australia and overseas.

Ruth Hatten


Ruth Hatten is a lawyer who has predominantly practised in construction law, working as a solicitor for top tier, mid-tier and boutique firms, in government and in-house in Australia and the United Kingdom. Between 2010 and 2013, Ruth was Legal Counsel for Voiceless, the animal protection institute.

Ruth has been a staple of the animal law movement in Australia since 2007. She contributed a chapter to the second edition of Animal Law in Australasia: Continuing the Dialogue titled ‘International Dimensions of Animal Cruelty Law’, which focuses upon critical animal issues with an international dimension, namely live export and whaling

Ruth is the Intensive Animal Agriculture Welfare Law & Policy Adviser for the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel.  She is also a board member of Minding Animals International; Associate Academic for the Centre for Compassionate Conservation, UTS and a member of the Australian Animal Protection Law Journal Editorial Advisory Panel.

Ruth will present at Griffith University on Sunday 3 May in Brisbane examining the prospects for animals to be granted legal personhood here in Australia.