Animal Law in a Dis/Re-Connected World Conference

Co-hosted by the Australasian Animal Law Teachers' and Researchers' Association Inc (AALTRA) and the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law, the conference aims to identify and evaluate our various contact points with animals, assessing positive and negative consequences against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.



The conference will be held online and in person at the Melbourne Law School (MLS) at 185 Pelham St, Carlton from 9:30am to 5pm on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November. The first day of the conference on Monday 28 November will focus on learning and teaching. The second day, Tuesday 29 November will focus on research and law reform.

We have two exciting keynote speakers - Dr Rajesh Reddy, Director of the Animal Law Program at Lewis and Clark Law School on the first day; and Professor Angela Fernandez of University of Toronto Law Faculty on the second day.

Full Program

MLS is close to the city (a couple of block from the Queen Victoria Market) and Lygon St, Carlton. Vegan Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Teas will be provided on each day, and there is an option for a pay-for-yourself dinner on the evening of Monday 28th November.

We are grateful to Voiceless for sponsorship for lunch on the first day of the conference.

How to register

You can now register for the conference at the following link. Registrations are $100 for academics and others with secure employment; $30 for students and those who are unwaged or precariously employed; and $15 for online attendees (excluding booking fee). Fee waivers can be considered.

Call for Papers

(The call for papers is now closed)

The Australasian Animal Law Teachers’ and Researchers’ Association Inc (AALTRA) and the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (CREEL) at Melbourne Law School invite abstracts for the 2022 Animal Law Conference: Animal Law in a Dis/Re-Connected World.

The first day of the conference on Monday 28 November will focus on learning and teaching. The second day, Tuesday 29 November will focus on research and law reform.

Abstracts are due by Sunday 17 August. 

See the Call for Papers for conference details. Abstracts should be submitted through this online form.

For further information, contact Professor Christine Parker at

Inaugural Animal Law Research Prize

The inaugural Animal Law Research Prize will also be announced at the conference.  The prize will be awarded for the most outstanding contribution to the field of animal law by an Australasian scholar/student (whether by residence or birth) or whose work has a focus on these jurisdictions.

Published or unpublished papers may be submitted for the prize. In the case of published papers, the paper must have been published or accepted for publication between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2022.

The work must be in the broad field of ‘animal law’. As a guide this does not include work in which either animals or the law are purely incidental. The work must address the position or interests of animals in relation to the law.

The prize will be the amount of AUD500. The winner shall be announced at the AALTRA, CREEL Animal Law Conference, Animal Law in a Dis/Re-Connected World, 28-29 November 2022.

To be considered, the paper (in pdf format) should be emailed to Professor Christine Parker (at by midnight Sunday 16 October 2022. Please include in your email a clear statement that the paper is to be considered for the AALTRA Research Prize.

Applications may be made by either the author themselves or by another person on their behalf. The author’s permission can be evidenced by an email from the author confirming consent to the submission at the time of submission or upon request from the Prize Committee afterwards. The prize will be judged on the basis of the written paper alone. No narrative is required with the submission of the article.