Animal Law in Australasia

Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, was a project conceived by Peter Sankoff, then of the University of Auckland, and Steven White, of Griffith Law School in 2006.   The project had two parts: first, a workshop held in September 2007, in Brisbane, Australia; second, publication of the first book on animal law ever written in the Southern Hemisphere in February 2009.  A follow up workshop – Animal Law in Australasia: Redux – was organized by Peter Sankoff and Jackson Walkden-Brown and held at Bond University in November 2010.

A second edition was published in 2013.

To read more:

Project Rationale and Workshop
Book Overview and Reviews
Animal Law in Australasia: Redux


Steven White and Peter Sankoff at the 2007 Workshop

Peter Sankoff, University of Auckland

Steven White, Griffith University:  Steven is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Griffith Law School in Brisbane, Australia.  Steven has published extensively on animal law, and taught one of the first undergraduate courses ever offered on animal law in Australia (in early 2007).  Steven is currently writing his PhD on the regulation of companion and farmed animals in Australia.

Andrew Bartlett – Former Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats and Senator for Queensland from 1997-2008.  He was the party’s national spokesperson on Animal Welfare and regularly raised animal welfare issues in Parliament.

Deidre Bourke is the founder and Chair of the Animal Rights Legal Advocacy Network (ARLAN), a New Zealand based organisation made up of legal professionals working to promote and protect the interests of animals.  In 2005 Deidre graduated with an LL.M (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland and is currently working on a PhD in Law addressing animal law issues.

Dr. Malcolm Caulfield – Dr. Caulfield is one of the very small number of full time animal lawyers in Australia, and currently runs the Animal Welfare Community Legal Centre in Tasmania.  He is the author of the Australian Handbook of Animal Cruelty Law.

Arnja Dale is a Lecturer at the School of Animal Health and Welfare at UNITEC, where she runs the certificate in Animal Welfare Investigations and teaches animal behaviour and ethics for the Bachelor of Applied Animal Technology.

Elizabeth Ellis is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong, with interests in public law and legal education.   She also teaches Animal Law.

Dr. Al Gillespie is a Professor of Law at the University of Waikato in Hamilton. His specialty is environmental law and he has published five books and been awarded a Rotary International Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowship, Rockerfeller Fellowship and a number of smaller domestic awards.  Al is also the New Zealand lawyer/expert on a number of international delegations involving conventions for animal conservation.

Dr. Paula Gerber is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University.  Her specialties are Construction Law and International Human Rights Law. Paula is now branching out into animal law.

Annabel Markham is a solicitor at Crown Law office in Wellington, with over ten years experience acting at the trial and appellate level in public law cases.  Annabel has acted in a number of animal cruelty cases, and presented a seminar on sentencing at the 2004 Animal Welfare Conference held in Auckland.

Dr. Siobhan O’Sullivan is a Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.  She is also an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and coordinates a monthly reading group called Animal Issues Melbourne.  Her book on animals and politics will be released shortly.

Lesley Anne Petrie is a Lecturer at Flinders University with experience in teaching Legal Method, Property Law Concepts, Trusts & Assignments.  Lesley has developed an interest in Animal Law and would like to teach a course on this subject at Flinders.

Katrina Sharman was the corporate counsel for Voiceless, the animal protection institute between 2003 and 2010.  Previously, Katrina chaired NSW Young Lawyers Animal Rights Committee, the first group of Australian lawyers to speak out about animal law issues. Katrina has published papers on a number of animal law topics and spoken about animal law at conferences in Australia and overseas.

Peter Stevenson is the Chief Policy Advisor of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), and aside from a short break, has been with the group for 14 years.  Peter played a leading role in winning the EU bans on veal crates, battery cages and sow stalls. He has written comprehensive legal analyses of EU legislation on farm animals and also of the impact of the WTO rules on animal welfare.

Dominique Thiriet is a Lecturer at James Cook University in Townsville.  She is involved with a variety of community organizations and has been appointed as a member of the Animals in the Wild Working Group which assists the Commonwealth implement its Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS).