Jean-Marc Neumann is a French lawyer, lecturer and consultant in animal law who graduated from the Universities of Strasbourg and Lille. He has been actively promoting animal law in France and Europe as a new academic field for many years. He co-initiated the launch of the Animal Law Program at the University of Strasbourg, which started during the academic year 2015-2016 and he continues to teach several of its courses. This program was the first program of its kind offered in a French University. He has also served as Vice-Chairman, trustee and scientific board member of the LFDA (La Fondation Droit Animal, Ethique et Sciences), a multidisciplinary group of lawyers, scientists and philosophers working to improve the legal status of animals by using new scientific achievements and the ethical evolutions concerning the life of animals and their relationship with humans.
In 2013 Jean-Marc initiated the of EGALS (Educational Group for Animal Law Studies), a collaborative partnership aimed at increasing the interest of the European legal community in animal law and to encourage and facilitate the emergence of animal law studies in European universities as well as research in this area. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Global Animal Law Project, as well as a member of both the Global Animal Law Consortium and the ABA Animal Law Committee.
In addition, Jean-Marc is the founder and editor of the website “Animal et Droit” (Animal and the Law), which has been providing updates and information on animal law since 2011. He has also written numerous animal law articles and is regularly invited to chair or present at animal law conferences in France and abroad.