CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – Law and Animals: Ethics at Crossroads

Doctoral Programme at the Law School of the University of Basel, 2013-2016. Cutting-Edge Legal Research

The law school launches the doctoral programme “Law and Animals: Ethics at Cross-roads”. “Law and animals” is a novel field of legal research which examines how human society deals with animals and how such treatment is reflected in the law.

The programme’s starting date is September 2012, with a first cycle of studies running until 2015.  The programme comprises ten doctoral student positions.  Scholarships (at least in the form of seed money) will most likely be available.  Jurists from all over the world who have interest in animals will  be well-served by thsi new program.  The bi-lingual programme (English and German) is carried out in Basel.

The deadline for receiving applications is November 1, 2012.  Please find all information, especially regarding selection criteria and the application procedure, at  For additional information please contact the coordination office,

VIDEOCAST – Animals, Ethics, & Law Symposium, March 2-3, 2012

The University of Tennessee hosted the Animals, Ethics, & Law Symposium on March 2-3, 2012.  Most of the talks, commentaries, and Q&A were recorded and are available online for viewing here.  Nick Robinson’s keynote address and Clare Palmer’s talk should be of particular interest to environmental ethicists.  Also, photographs of the event are available on the symposium website.


Nick Robinson (keynote) – “The Legal Principle of Resilience: A Guiding Norm for Life in Our Anthropocene Epoch”, Pace Law and Forestry; Yale, Environmental Studies

Colin Allen – “Ethics, Law, and the Science of Fish Welfare”, Indiana, Philosophy and Cognitive Science.  Commentators: Dean Rivkin, Tennessee, College of Law, and Gary McCracken, Tennessee, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Taimie Bryant – “Animal Law and Virtue Ethics”, UCLA Law.  Commentators: Iris Goodwin, Tennessee, College of Law,  Joan Heminway, Tennessee, College of Law

David DeGrazia – “The Question of Animal Suffering”, George Washington University, Philosophy.  Commentators: Ralph Harvey, Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, and John Nolt, Tennessee, Philosophy

David Favre – “Respectful Use: An Ethical Construct for Lawful Interactions with Animals”, Michigan State, Law.  Commentators: Jon Garthoff, Tennessee, Philosophy, and Hal Herzog, Western Carolina, Psychology

Rebecca Huss – “The Intersection of Legal Issues Involving Animals and Gerontology”, Valparaiso, Law.  Commentators: Marian Roman, Tennessee, College of Nursing, and Elizabeth Strand, Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine

Clare Palmer – “What (If Anything) Do We Owe Wild Animals?”, Texas A&M, Philosophy.  Commentators: Gordon Burghardt, Tennessee, Psychology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Joel MacClellan, Tennessee, Philosophy