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Voiceless has helped to establish animal law as a discipline at universities, with 12 Law Schools in Australia currently offering or planning to offer the subject. 

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The teaching of animal law is instilling 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 as cross-institutional study. For further information contact the course lecturer, Jed Goodfellow
  • Southern Cross University (Lismore campus)
    ‘Animal Law’ (LAW10487) was offered via distance education for the first time in 2010. The subject was last offered Session 3, 2011. For further information, and to express your interest in having the course offered again, contact the Southern Cross University Law School directly. 
  • University of New South Wales (Kensington, NSW)
    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. For further information, and 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, Elizabeth Ellis.
  • University of Technology Sydney (Haymarket)
    ‘Animal Law and Policy in Australia’ (76033) was taught for the first time in 2012. It will be offered again each year in Spring (July-November), and is available for undergraduates and postgraduates. Cross-institutional study is available. For further information contact the course lecturers, Sophie Riley and Geoff Holland.

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. The course runs annually. For further information contact the course lecturer, Dr Alex Bruce.

Victoria

  • University of Melbourne (Carlton)
    'Animal Welfare Law' (730-458) is an undergraduate course which was offered to undergraduate students in 2010 and 2011, with options for cross-institutional enrolment. 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 again, contact the University of Melbourne Law School directly.
  • Monash University (Melbourne)
    'Animal Law' (LAW4230) is available as an undergraduate elective in the faculty of law and will be offered annually. For further information contact the course lecturer, Dr Joanna Kyriakakis.

Queensland

  • Bond University (Robina, Gold Coast)
    'Animal Law' (LAWS13-216) 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 possible. For further information contact the course lecturer, Steven White.

South Australia

  • Flinders University (Adelaide)
    'Animal Law' (LLAW3268) was taught for the first time in 2009 and is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Cross-institutional study is also available. The course was taught as a summer intensive unit in 2014/15 and will run again in one or two years. For further information contact the course lecturer, Aaron Timoshanko
  • 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.

Tasmania

  • 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.  The course is open to undergraduates and postgraduates.  For information on current/future offerings, please consult the UTAS website.  Queries about animal law at UTAS may be directed to Meg Good.

     

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.

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