This unit explores the law's role in governing the relationship between humans and non-human animals in Australia. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the broader philosophical debates surrounding animal welfare issues, including consideration of the appropriate legal status of animals. The current regulatory frameworks for animal welfare and protection in Australia will be discussed, with a view to evaluating arguments for law reform in this context. The unit will cover a range of topics addressing regulation of animal welfare in various contexts, including farmed animals, companion animals, wild animals and animals used for entertainment. The major assessment task for this unit requires students to prepare a law reform submission exploring a particular issue in depth.
By the conclusion of the course, students should be able to respond to critical questions, such as:
- Why does the law facilitate differential treatment of animals?
- Should non-human animals be classified as 'property'?
- Are current regulatory frameworks for animal welfare and protection in Australia adequately protecting the interests of non-human animals?
- Are these laws and policies adequately enforced?
|Unit name||Animal Law|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Dr Meg Good
Dr Meg Good
|Available as student elective?||No|
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|LAW204 OR LAW254 AND LAW250 AND LAW253 AND LAW251 AND LAW255 AND LAW252 AND LAW256 OR LAW222 AND LAW223 AND LAW225 AND LAW226 AND LAW205 AND LAW221 AND LAW224 OR LAW221 AND LAW224 AND LAW253 AND LAW223 AND LAW222 AND LAW351 AND LAW352|
1-2 hour online lecture delivered each week (by the Unit Co-ordinator and/or guest lecturers). Online optional discussion sessions throughout the semester.
1 x 1,000 word Submission Plan (15%) 1 x Reflective Task (35%) 1 x 3,000 word Law Reform Submission (50%)
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Flexible Study Options
Alex Bruce, Animal Law in Australia: An Integrated Approach (2017, LexisNexis, 2nd edition)
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