1 year ago

7 March, 2017

Lecture Room H5: Monash University, Clayton Campus

Organised by:
Monash Law Students' Society

Seminar 1: Animal Welfare and the Law

The Monash Law Students’ Society Social Justice and Equity Portfolio is proud to present their first seminar of the year. In line with the public becoming increasingly concerned by the treatment of our animal friends, we are starting off the seminar series with an informative discussion on ‘Animal Welfare and the Law’. Students can expect to be informed of the current state of laws concerning animals, hear about pressing case studies from Australia’s leading organisations, and learn how they themselves can become involved.

Presenting the topic on the night will be two highly-regarded experts in the field of Animal Law:

Shatha Hamade is Legal Counsel at Animals Australia – Australia’s leading ‘voice for animals’. With extensive experience in the field of animal law and social justice, including a principal role at RSPCA, Shatha has become one of the nation’s leading advocates for animal welfare. This was officially recognised by the Law Council of Australia in 2012, when Shatha was awarded the Australian Young Lawyer of the Year.

Graeme McEwen is Chair of the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel (BAWP), a national body comprising of over 120 barristers, whom advocate for animal welfare law reform and participate in effective litigation. BAWP believe that animal welfare should be a Commonwealth responsibility, and intend to create court precedents which stand to strengthen animal rights. As founder of BAWP, Graeme has significant experience in trial and advocacy work concerning animals. Graeme has also published a book on the issue, entitled ‘Animal Law: Principles and Frontiers’, and lectures at Melbourne University Law School.

The Law Students’ Society is very lucky to welcome both Shatha and Graeme for our inaugural Animal Law seminar, kicking off the SJE Seminar Series for 2017.