Faculty of Law

What can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? Panel from the Animal Law Institute


This panel series brings together environmental law and animal law academics from across Australia.

Start Date

10th Feb 2016 6:30pm

End Date

10th Feb 2016 8:00pm


Harvard 1 Lecture Theatre, University of Tasmania

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This series features US environmental law academic, Prof. Randall S. Abate of Florida A&M University College of Law, who will be presenting the outcomes from his recently released book What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? Professor Abate's presentation will address some of the key topics of the book's coverage, including standing, food law, agricultural practices and climate change, and the need for animal law to establish itself more firmly in international law.

The panel at the University of Tasmania is comprised of Prof. Randall S. Abate (FAMU), Prof. Jeff McGee (UTAS), Phillipa McCormack (UTAS) and Jess Feehely (Environmental Defenders Office Tasmania).

Professor Randall Abate teaches courses in environmental law, animal law, international and comparative law, and constitutional law at Florida A&M University College of Law in the US. He is the editor of two books released in 2015: What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? and Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives.



Professor Jeff McGee is a Senior Lecturer in Climate Change, Marine and Antarctic Law at the University of Tasmania Faculty of Law. His research is focused on analysing the strategies and structures of global and regional institutions that seek to solve problems like climate change and the international laws that affect them.




Phillipa McCormack is a PhD Candidate at the University of Tasmania Faculty of Law. Her thesis explores whether Australia's legal frameworks for biodiversity conservation and natural resource management facilitate or hinder adaptation to climate change. Prior to her postgraduate study, Phillipa worked in Melbourne as an articled clerk and then solicitor at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst Australia). She has recently taken up a position as co-commissioning editor with the Australian Environment Review.



Jess Feehely is the Principal Lawyer with EDO Tasmania, a position she has held for the past ten years. She has experience in a range of environmental and planning law matters, with a particular interest in coastal management, climate change issues and strategic planning. She is also currently Deputy Chair of the Law Council's Planning and Environmental Law Group, Secretary of the National Environmental Law Association, editor of the Australian Environmental Law Digest and a member of the editorial panel of the Australian Environment Review.

Free entry, and vegan nibbles provided.


Please contact the Panel Series Co-ordinator and Director of Education of the Animal Law Institute, Meg Good for any queries about the series: panelseries@ali.org.au