Animal Law in Australasia: Redux (Workshop)

Three years after the original Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, it was appropriate to take stock of how far things had progressed.   This time, we went to Bond University on the Gold Coast, and spent an enjoyable day discussing animal law issues of interest to everyone.


The original group – which, sadly, was missing a few participants unable to make the trip to the Gold Coast – was joined by an incredible group of newcomers including:

  • Deborah Cao, author of Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand (2010);
  • Celeste Black, who now teaches animal law at the University of Sydney;
  • Anne Schimoller, who organizes an “on-line” animal law course at Southern Cross University;
  • Amber Hall, who helped create the “on-line” course;
  • Ruth Hatten, new counsel for Voiceless, the animal protection institute;
  • Jed Goodfellow, a research assistant at the original workshop, now in charge of animal welfare investigations at the South Australia, RSPCA;
  • Vernon Tava, an LL.M student from the University of Auckland, now the national Co-Convenor of the Young Greens of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand;
  • Tara Ward, who teaches animal law at UNSW;
  • Rebekah Eyers, a PhD student writing on animal law at Griffith University; and
  • Jackson Walkden-Brown, the host of the workshop, who teaches animal law at Bond University.
The workshop was an incredible opportunity to share ideas and see how things have progressed (and failed to progress) in this part of the world.   It was wonderful to see so many new faces and hear how research into animal law issues is evolving dramatically.
On a sad note, the workshop also marked the end of an era: the final (for now) contributions of Peter Sankoff (leaving for Canada) and Katrina Sharman (leaving for the U.S.) in Australasia.