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Canadian Animal Law Conference 2020

  Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Featuring a keynote address by Professor Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation

October 4 - 6,  2019      

The field of animal law in Canada has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Law schools across the country offer courses in the subject. Courts are hearing unprecedented numbers of animal-related cases. Parliament is currently considering an historic four animal protection bills.


Submissions for the inaugural Canadian Animal Law Conference are invited from scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students on topics relating to advocacy, litigation, legislation, policy, and our legal and ethical relationship with non-human animals.


In particular, we invite presentations that reflect on lessons learned in the last decade, and what the future of the field might hold. Subjects might include, but are not limited to, legislative reform, litigation strategies, law enforcement, policy, and education. We welcome a variety of perspectives and formats, including traditional academic paper presentations, panel discussion proposals on a particular issue, debates, and shorter presentations on cases and other topics of interest. The focus of the conference is on advancing the field of animal law in Canada, but the goal is to do so through meaningful engagement with law, policy, and scholarship happening across the globe, with a focus on North America and Canada in particular.


Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a maximum two-page curriculum vitae should be sent to Samantha Addario at: The deadline for submissions was March 18, 2019., and successful applicants were notified.


Participants who choose to present a paper may indicate their interest in submitting to a special issue of the Dalhousie Law Journal.


Please note that all presenters must register for the conference. Limited funding may be available for student presenters.


A separate student conference will be held on Friday, October 4. Students interested in presenting at or participating in the student conference should email with the subject line “Student Animal Law Conference 2019”.

A PDF version of the call for submissions is available for download here.