2015 Conference Overview

The Animal Law Conference is the central gathering point of the global animal law community. The Animal Law Conference gives attorneys, law students, professors, and activists from around the world a place to share ideas, knowledge, and practical skills about advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Today, the conference has become one of the largest and most popular of its kind, featuring some of the most respected voices in the field of animal law.

This year’s conference will feature cutting-edge global animal law issues including protecting animals in their native countries; international marine mammal challenges; animal testing outside the US; factory farming worldwide; animals in constitutions; litigation and legislation updates; and much more. Distinguished international speakers include Hon. Justice Joel Ngugi, High Court of Kenya; Prof. Marita Gimenez-Candela, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Dr. Andrea Gavinelli, Animal Welfare Unit, European Commission; Dr. Song Wei, Law Institute, University of Science and Technology of China, and a host of others.

The Animal Law Conference is co-presented by Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, and the Lewis & Clark Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. We look forward to seeing you there!

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History of the Conference

Lewis & Clark Law School and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have a rich history hosting and supporting animal law conferences for students, practitioners, scholars and activists. In 1982, ALDF hosted its first-ever animal law conference in San Francisco, California and thereafter held annual conferences until 1992. In 1993, a small contingent of Lewis & Clark SALDF students interested in animal welfare hosted a one-day symposium addressing wildlife issues. From that humble beginning, The Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark started its tradition of hosting an annual academic conference to address the subject of animal law.

Over the years, the annual Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark continued to grow in size and popularity with the support and shared vision of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. At the same time, ALDF continued to host animal law conferences every three years, aptly called “The Future of Animal Law.” In 2013 the Animal Law Conference at Lewis & Clark and ALDF’s Future of Animal Law Conference joined forces to create “The Animal Law Conference.”

As an annual event, the conference will be held at Lewis & Clark Law School, except every third year when the conference will go on the road to a new location. The organizers of the Conference hope that by hosting the event in different parts of the country, it will become accessible to those who may not be able to travel to Portland, Oregon. With this exciting merger, the Animal Law Conference is the preeminent event in the field of animal law today.

  • “Finally, a conference that lives up to its philosophy!”
  • “Best conference I have ever attended - you need more.”
  • “The panelists were wonderful and the cost for students was reasonable.”
  • “Thanks so much for a wonderful weekend! I had a blast - it was well put together, planned, and went incredibly smoothly. Great job!”