The teaching of animal law instils the next generation of lawyers, parliamentarians and business leaders with an awareness of animal protection issues.
The following universities have either taught, or are currently teaching animal law as an elective for undergraduates and/or postgraduates.
New South Wales
- Macquarie University (Sydney)
‘Animal Law’ (LAW448) was taught for the first time in 2012 and continues to be offered annually. The course is available to undergraduates and postgraduates, and as cross-institutional study. For further information contact the course lecturer, Dr Jed Goodfellow.
- Southern Cross University (Lismore campus)
‘Animal Law’ (LAW10487) was offered via distance education for the first time in 2010. The subject is currently available for online study. For further information contact the Southern Cross University Law School directly.
- University of New England (Online)
‘Animal Law’ (LAW345) was run for the first time over Trimester 3 in 2017/2018. The unit is offered split level for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is scheduled to run every second year as an elective. Contact Associate Professor Amanda Kennedy for further information.
- University of New South Wales (Kensington)
UNSW, which was the first law school in Australia to teach animal law, introduced the course as a postgraduate elective in 2005. ‘Animal Law’ (LAWS3144) is now available to undergraduates and postgraduates every second year. For further information contact the course lecturer, Tara Ward.
- University of Sydney (Camperdown campus)
‘Animal Law’ (LAWS3410) was taught for the first time in 2009 as an undergraduate elective. The course is currently not being offered. To express your interest in having the course offered again, contact the University of Sydney Law School directly.
- University of Wollongong (Wollongong)
‘Animal Law’ (LLB366) was first taught as an undergraduate elective subject in Spring 2008. The course runs annually with cross-institutional study available. For further information contact the course lecturer, Keely Boom.
- University of Technology Sydney (Haymarket)
‘Animal Law and Policy in Australia’ (76033) was taught for the first time in 2012. A dedicated post-graduate version commenced in 2018 (78218). The subject is offered each year in Autumn (March-June), and alternates between the undergraduate and post-graduate versions. Cross-institutional study is available. For further information, contact the course lecturer Sophie Riley.
Australian Capital Territory
- Australian National University (Canberra)
‘Animals and the Law’ (LAWS2234) is an undergraduate law elective which was taught for the first time in 2009. ANU also offers an ‘Animal Law & Ethics’ LLM course. For further information about either course, please contact the course lecturer, Dr Alex Bruce.
- University of Melbourne (Carlton)
There are two potential options for studying animal law at the University of Melbourne Law School. ‘Animal Law’ (S50122) was offered to undergraduate students in 2010 and 2011. It was also taught as an intensive LLM course in November 2009. For further information, and to express your interest in having the course offered in the JD or LLM program, contact the University of Melbourne Law School directly. The Law School also offers a subject called ‘Legal Research’ which has an ‘animals and the law’ stream. This unit is a final year compulsory 8000-word research project as part of the postgraduate JD degree. The stream was first offered last year in 2017 and offered again in 2018. It is expected to be offered every year. The stream has a capped enrolment (less than 20 students – exact number varies each year). Contact Professor Christine Parker for further information.
- Monash University (Melbourne)
Monash offers two animal law units. ‘Animal Law’ (LAW4230) is offered as a part of the LLB (undergraduate) degree. Cross institutional LLB law students can apply, and it is generally offered as a full semester on campus unit. The unit tends to be offered every 1 – 2 years. Animal Law, Regulation and Policy (LAW5458) is offered as a part of the LLM and JD courses (postgraduate). Cross institutional graduate law students can apply – as can anyone wishing to undertake a single unit of study. This unit was first offered in 2017 as a semi-intensive on campus unit (1 day per week over 4 weeks). There are no current future offerings confirmed, however it will hopefully be offered every 2 -3 years as an intensive or semi-intensive. Please contact Dr Joanna Kyriakakis for further information about either unit.
- La Trobe University (Melbourne)
‘Animal Welfare Law and Policy’ (LAW3ANI) is an online unit, which was first offered in 2016. It was offered again in 2017, and will hopefully be offered next in 2019. For queries, please contact Dr Francine Rochford.
- Bond University (Robina, Gold Coast)
‘Animal Law’ (LAWS13-538) has been offered at Bond University since 2008. The course is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Cross-institutional study is available. For further information contact the course lecturer, Jackson Walkden-Brown.
- Griffith University (South Bank Campus)
‘Animal Law’ (5069LAW) is an undergraduate course which was first taught at Griffith Law School in January 2007. The course has run annually since then for undergraduate law students, with cross-institutional study available. For further information contact the course lecturer, Steven White.
- Flinders University (Adelaide)
‘Animal Law’ was taught for the first time in 2009, and again as a summer intensive unit in 2014/15. It is not currently offered. For further information please contact the Law School directly.
- University of Adelaide
‘Animals and the Law’ (ANIML SC 3250RW) was taught for the first time in 2012 and continues to run annually in Winter semester (July) as a two week intensive program. The course is open to undergraduates and postgraduates. Cross-institutional study is also available. For further information contact the course lecturer, Dr Alexandra Whittaker.
- The University of Tasmania
‘Animal Law’ (LAW629) was taught for the first time in 2014 as a summer intensive unit under the unit coordination of Dr Malcolm Caulfield. This unit currently runs as an online full semester unit under the co-ordination of Dr Meg Good. For information on current/future offerings, please consult the UTAS website.
For more information about any of these animal law courses, please contact the relevant Law School directly.
If you wish to study animal law at a university that does not presently run the course, we encourage you to write to the head of that law school and express your interest in the field. Voiceless may also be able to assist by connecting your university with potential animal law lecturers, developing a course curriculum or by preparing course material.
Please contact us if you hear about an animal law course that is not listed above or if animal law is taught as a component of a course offered at your Australian law faculty, or alternatively, if you would like Voiceless’s assistance in getting animal law taught at your university.