Faculty of Law



Speakers and organisers (from left): Rochelle James, Robert Fisher, Dr Malcolm Caulfield, Meg Good (Co-ordinator), Prof Rob White (UTAS), Shatha Hamade (Animals Australia), Steven White (Griffith), Mary Bennett (DPIPWE), Prof Nick James (Bond), A/Prof Alex Bruce (ANU), Ruth Hatten (Voiceless), Prof Marsha Baum (UNM), Lynden Griggs (Deputy Dean, UTAS Faculty of Law), Dana Campbell (Voiceless) and Dr Melissa Perry QC.

Absent: Prof Clive Phillips (UQld), Prof Di Nicol (UTAS), Prof Gary Meyers (UTAS), Greg Irons (Bonorong) and Emma Haswell (Brightside).

Photo credit: Trish Scholwin.

Keynote Address


Marsha Baum is a Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico (USA). Marsha teaches an animal law course at UNM and has been invited to speak on the subject in the US and overseas (including Australia).

Professor Baum will be delivering the keynote address at the Conference, focusing on the lessons Australian animal law can take from the American animal law experience.

Professor Baum's Profile

Public Q & A: Live Export, Law & Science

Saturday 19th January, 3.00-4.30pm (followed by a complimentary afternoon tea)
Law Lecture Theatre 2
UTAS Faculty of Law
Sandy Bay, Hobart TAS

The Q and A will be open to the public, and involve an examination of the law governing live export, and a summary of the science relating to heat stress during live export voyages. A key focus will be placed on the relationship between the law and science, and the overall adequacy of the existing legal regime for the protection of live export animal welfare.

The Q and A will be followed by a complimentary afternoon tea in the Law School foyer, providing guests with an opportunity to chat to the Conference speakers.

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To RSVP for this free public event, please email: Animal.LawConference@utas.edu.au


Clive Phillips is a Professor at the University of Queensland and a recent recipient of the Voiceless Eureka Prize for Scientific Research that Contributes to Animal Protection (Australian Museum Eureka Prizes).

Professor Phillips studied agriculture at Reading University and obtained a PhD in dairy cow nutrition and behaviour from the University of Glasgow. He lectured in farm animal production and medicine at the Universities of Cambridge and Wales, and conducted research into cattle and sheep welfare. As the inaugural holder of the University of Queensland Chair in Animal Welfare he is now involved in research in animal welfare and ethics and the development and implementation of State and Federal government animal welfare policies. He has written widely on animal welfare and management in scientific journals, blogs and books, edits a new journal in the field (Animals) and a series of books on animal welfare for Springer.

Professor Phillips will be contributing his expertise to our public Q and A session on live export, law and science.

Professor Phillips' Profile


Malcolm Caulfield is the founder and Principal Lawyer of the Animal Welfare Community Legal Centre in Tasmania. Dr Caulfield's scientific expertise enables him to approach animal law from a cross-disciplinary perspective, as evidenced by his research publications in the area. He was a pharmacologist in industry and academia for over 20 years, before qualifying as a lawyer when he came to Australia. After acting as Legal Counsel for Animals Australia, Malcolm went on to set up the Animal Welfare Community Legal Centre, which is based physically in Tasmania, but operates Australia wide. He is the author of the first textbook on animal law in Australia and has published various book chapters and essays on the subject, as well as contributing a section on "Animals in Primary Industry" to Halsbury's Laws of Australia.

As a member of Tasmania's Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, he has contributed significantly in providing information to the committee which led to the (partial) ban on sow stalls in Tasmania and in putting up proposals for improvement of the Tasmanian Animal Welfare Act. His scientific efforts in the animal welfare field include an article on the animal welfare code relating to pigs in the Australian Veterinary Journal, published with Heather Cambridge, and a critical review of sow housing, published in November 2012 by Voiceless. He was also involved in setting up the first veterinary group focusing on live exports (VALE), and has written an article on heat stress during live export voyages, which has been submitted to the Australian Veterinary Journal. He is VALE's Policy Adviser.

His presentation at the UTAS Animal Law Conference will examine the law governing live export, and argue that it is failing to protect animals. Malcolm will also give a summary of the science relating to heat stress during live export voyages, arguing that the relevant law ignores the conclusions of science.



Alex Bruce LLB (QUT); LLM (Syd); MA (Theology) (ACU) is a Buddhist monk, Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and former Senior Lawyer with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Alex has released two significant animal law publications this year, including his recently completed PhD thesis on the capacity for competition and consumer law and policy to benefit animals and the first edition of his text 'Animal Law in Australia: An Integrated Approach' (2012 LexisNexis).

Alex will be delivering a presentation at the UTAS Animal Law Conference which draws upon his doctoral research.

Mr Bruce's Profile

Shatha Hamade

Shatha Hamade is currently Legal Counsel for the RSPCA in South Australia, where she manages the animal cruelty prosecutions and trials for the Society. Shatha will be moving on to take up her role as Legal Counsel for Animals Australia in January 2013. Shatha is a long-standing member of the animal protection community and regularly assists animal charities and animal advocates to help with their legal affairs. She is also the national coordinator of the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel. 

In 2012, Shatha was awarded Australian Young Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia in recognition of her significant contribution to animal law and animal welfare in Australia.

At the Conference, Shatha will be discussing the role of non-profit animal welfare groups in the regulation of animal welfare and the development and enforcement of animal law in Australia.


Ruth Hatten BA LLB (QUT) is Legal Counsel at Voiceless (the animal protection institute). Ruth has been involved in animal protection since 2007, and has contributed significantly to the movement in Australia through her legal and animal welfare advocacy work at Voiceless.


Gary Meyers is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning at the University of Tasmania. Gary's research interests and publications span a variety of areas, including indigenous rights, environmental law and international law.

Professor Meyers' presentation at the UTAS Animal Law Conference will examine the relationship between the fishing and hunting rights of indigenous Australians and the protection of endangered species in Australia.

Professor Meyers' Profile

Melissa PerryDr Melissa Perry QC has practised at the bar since 1992, taking silk in 2004. She specialises in appellate advocacy, constitutional and administrative law, federal environmental law, public international law, and native title on which she co-authored a major textbook. She has a national practice, including appearances in over 40 substantive matters in the High Court, and was recently called to the Bar of England and Wales. Her doctorate was in international law on boundary disputes from the University of Cambridge and was awarded the Yorke Prize.

Dr Perry has been a member of the Administrative Review Council since 2006 which has responsibility for overseeing the health of federal administrative law system and recently published its comprehensive review on Federal Judicial Review in Australia. She is also a member of the Governing Committee of the Rule of Law Institute Australia and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law Advisory Committee, and is a director and foundation fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Among other bodies, she has been a member of the Voiceless Council since 2009 and assisted in establishing the national Barristers Animal Welfare Panel of which she remains a member.  

Dr Perry's presentation at the Conference will address challenges for the rule of law posed by intensive factory farming of animals in Australia.


Rob White is Professor of Criminology at the University of Tasmania. He has written on a wide range of criminological issues, including the growing area of green criminology. Rob is particularly interested in relationships of power and justice pertaining to humans and the natural environment. Among his recent books are Crimes Against Nature (2008), Transnational Environmental Crime: Toward an eco-global criminology (2011) and the forthcoming Environmental Harm: An Eco-Justice Perspective.

Professor White's presentation at the UTAS Animal Law Conference will introduce a sociological perspective to the legal debate through his discussion of the concepts of 'environmental justice', 'ecological justice' and 'species justice'.

Legal Workshops

Teaching Animal Law in Australia Workshop

This workshop is designed to create a forum in which participants and speakers can contribute to a discussion on how to identify and apply best practice principles to the teaching of animal law in Australia. The workshop will be directed by legal education expert Professor Nick James from Bond University. The workshop will also benefit from the input of the expertise of a number of our other speakers, including Professor Marsha Baum who teaches animal law in America, and Steven White who co-ordinates an animal law unit at Griffith University.

jamesNick James is a Professor and Deputy Dean in the Law School at Bond University. Nick has published widely in the area of legal education, and is the Associate Editor of the Legal Education Review. He will be directing the first workshop on the second day of the Conference - 'Teaching Animal Law in Australia' - in which he will draw upon his experience of teaching animal law at the tertiary level.

Professor James' Profile

Current Challenges and Future Directions for Animal Law in Australia Workshop

This workshop will provide Conference participants and speakers with an opportunity to discuss and define the key challenges facing animal law in Australia. Steven White will be directing the workshop, and delivering a presentation designed to provoke discussion on the future directions and possible areas for animal law reform.


Steven White is a Lecturer at Griffith Law School in Brisbane. He is a graduate of Griffith Law School and also holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He has published widely on animal law and regularly speaks on animal law issues, nationally and internationally. He has helped organise a range of conferences and workshops, in animal law and in human-animal studies more broadly and continues to teach one of the first undergraduate courses offered on animal law in Australia.

Steven is currently completing his PhD on the regulation of the treatment of companion and farmed animals in Australia.

Panel Discussion: Tasmanian Animal Welfare Regulation Framework

The panel discussion will focus on the recent review of Tasmania's Animal Welfare Act, in the context of a broader evaluation of the state of animal welfare protection in Tasmania. Issues covered will relate to the adequacy of the investigation, prosecution and punishment of individuals who commit animal cruelty offences in Tasmania. There will also be a discussion of institutionalised practices in the farming industry, as well as an evaluation of the effectiveness of the recent partial bans on sow stalls and battery hen farming.

The full panel of speakers for this event is yet to be announced, but will include a representative from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, legal commentators (including Dr Malcolm Caulfield and Robert Fisher) and representatives from relevant non-profit animal welfare groups (such as Greg Irons from Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Emma Haswell from Brightside Farm Sanctuary).