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Animals and the Law: Multiple Perspectives

27 Apr

The UCLA Animal Law Program is proud to announce its upcoming conference, Animals and the Law: Multiple Perspectives, which will be held at the UCLA School of Law on May 16, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. As detailed below, we have an exciting series of panels featuring leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of philosophy, food policy, and First Amendment law. Admission to the conference is free; parking is $11.00. Seating is limited, therefore those interested in attending are asked to R.S.V.P. using our online form at http://tinyurl.com/multipleperspectives. Parking and directions to the event will be provided upon receipt of registrations.

PANEL ONE: Moral Philosophy: Implications for Animals and Animal Law

Our first panel examines moral philosophical theories that consider the moral importance of animals and humans’ behavior in regards to animals, which is important for guiding and justifying legal reform on behalf of animals. Speakers include: Matthew Calarco, Alice Crary, Gary L. Francione, and Gary Steiner.

PANEL TWO: Food Policy: Implications for Animals and Animal Law

Our second panel considers specific aspects of food law and policy, such as private agreements between food retailers and their suppliers, regulation of antibiotics, and antitrust law enforcement in contexts that affect animals. Speakers include: Michael Roberts, Susan A. Schneider, and William H. Stallings.

PANEL THREE: First Amendment: Implications for Animals and Animal Law

Our third and final panel focuses on the First Amendment. First Amendment law is a factor in many animal contexts, including the legality of proposed laws that would limit access to agricultural business practices and computer game/applications that invite users to engage in animated activities, such as training dogs for dog-fighting, that may desensitize the user or otherwise exacerbate the problems of commodification of animals and permission to engage in cruelty. There is also the question of whether there is a disproportionate silencing of First Amendment speech of those who engage in protest on behalf of animals and those who care about animals. Speakers include: Sherry F. Colb, Michael Dorf, Claudia Haupt, and Seth Kreimer.

Speaker Biographies (listed in alphabetical order):

Matthew Calarco is Associate Professor of Philosophy at CSU Fullerton. He specializes in contemporary Continental philosophy and animal and environmental ethics. He is the author of Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida and co-editor of The Death of the Animal (with Paola Cavalieri, J. M. Coetzee, Harlan Miller, and Cary Wolfe) and Animal Philosophy (with Peter Atterton).
Sherry F. Colb is Charles Evans Hughes Scholar and Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School, where she teaches and writes on constitutional criminal procedure (especially the Fourth Amendment), animal rights, sexual equality, evidence, and mental health law. In addition to her scholarship in academic journals and books, she composes a bi-weekly column for Justia’s Verdict and posts regularly on the blog Dorf on Law.
Alice Crary is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. She is a moral philosopher who writes and teaches about ethics and animals. She is the author of Beyond Moral Judgment (Harvard, 2007) and is currently finishing a book entitled Inside Ethics, about resituating human beings and animals inside ethics.
Michael Dorf Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School, where he teaches and writes on constitutional law and related subjects. In addition to his scholarship in academic journals and books, he writes a bi-weekly column for Justia’s web magazine Verdict and posts several times per week to his blog Dorf on Law.
Gary L. Francione is Distinguished Professor of Law and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. He is the author of numerous books, including Animals as Persons: Essays on the Abolition of Animal Exploitation, Introduction to Animal Rights: Your Child or the Dog? and The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation? He is the co-editor (with Gary Steiner) of a series, Critical Perspectives on Animals: Theory, Culture, Science and Law, published by Columbia University Press. His website: www.abolitionistapproach.com.
Claudia Haupt has been teaching as a Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School since 2009, which also included a two-year appointment as International & Comparative Law Fellow. Her primary research interests are in the areas of constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, jurisprudence, EU law, and the legal profession. She has published articles in numerous academic journals and her book Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany: The Quest for Neutrality was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Seth Kreimer is Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches and writes on constitutional law, civil rights law, and constitutional litigation. His scholarship has shaped analysis of privacy of information, abortion regulation, assisted suicide, and gay marriage. He has explored the implications of DNA testing in criminal justice, free speech on the Internet, and the dangers of abuse in the “war on terror.” Among his recent works is the article Pervasive Image Capture and the First Amendment: Memory, Discourse, and the Right to Record, which was published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review in 2011.
Michael Roberts teaches consumer food law and policy at the UCLA School of Law. He has contributed to numerous books and academic journals on food regulation, trade, and policy issues. He is currently writing a treatise provisionally titled, The Oxford Commentaries on American Law: Food Law, to be published by Oxford University Press, Inc. He also serves as Director of the Center for Food Law and Policy (CFLP), a newly formed non-profit organization that advances thoughtful policymaking through innovative legal scholarship on food law and policy. The current focus of CFLP is on the role of food law and policy in dealing with the obesity epidemic.
Susan A. Schneider is Professor of Law and Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law at University of Arkansas School of Law. She recently published the casebook, Food, Farming & Sustainability: Readings in Agricultural Law, is a regular contributor to the Agricultural Law blog on the Jurisdynamics Network, and manages the LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law blog.
William H. Stallings is the Chief of the Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture (TEA) Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. TEA has responsibility within the Department of Justice for the enforcement of the antitrust laws and the promotion of competition for matters involving transportation (including airlines and railroads), energy (including electricity generation and oil field services), and agricultural commodities such as livestock, grain, and seeds.
Gary Steiner is John Howard Harris Professor of Philosophy at Bucknell University. He is the author of Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: The Moral Status of Animals in the History of Western Philosophy and Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship. His newest book, Animals and the Limits of Postmodernism, will be published by Columbia University Press this fall.
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