Animals & Biodiversity
Think Tank Programme
We initiate partnerships and collaborate with a wide range of organisations around the world who share a similar commitment to positively impact animal-related policies. We also welcome new members at the Global Research Network to become associate members of our Think Tank programme and actively engage in the development of our research and lobbying activities for Animals & Biodiversity.
The Global Animal Law GAL Association was founded in Zurich in 2016 and was born from the last thirty years of experience and conviction of attorney Dr. Antoine F. Goetschel. It aims to become the independent, worldwide pioneering authority for the health and protection of animals through the law.
Together with Dr. iur. Sabine Brels (Co-Founder) GAL has drafted the UN Convention on Animal Health and Protection ( UNCAHP ). GAL is of the opinion that the anchoring of animal protection in the UN is a central condition to achieve a better position for the dignity of animals worldwide. It is the vision of GAL that the possible use of healthy animals takes place with dignity and recognition of the value of the animals.
MAI was established to improve the status of nonhuman animals and alleviate nonhuman animal exploitation by facilitating research and discourse among scholars, students, artists, activists, advocates (and members of the general population) in the transdisciplinary field of animal studies. MAI’s main objectives are to further the development of nonhuman animal studies internationally and to help establish legal and moral protections for nonhuman animals.
ACTAsia initiates education programmes aimed at children, consumers, and professionals for gradual and sustainable social change. The global pandemic is a direct result of exploiting nature. Our natural environment, humans and other animals are at risk if we don’t act now to encourage responsible and compassionate behaviours through education.
We believe that respect for people, animals and the environment will lead to a more compassionate and sustainable world.
CEDA Chile (Center for Chilean Animal Law Studies) is the first center for Animal Law studies established in Chile. It was founded in 2019 to contribute to the dogmatic development of Animal Law in Chile and the world and thus tend to the generation of cultural conditions that allow the absolute liberation of non-human animals. Through its South American, North American, and European volunteers, it develops legal research, coordinates academic activities, and advises animal organizations. Besides, through its Intersectional Literature area, it develops the issue of animal liberation in conjunction with feminist, LGBTIQ+, indigenous perspectives.
Institute of Animal Law of Asia is an educational research center dedicated to offering news, articles, and comprehensive and up-to-date information on the issues of animal law and policy all over Asia and the world, aiming at raising awareness in more individuals and communities about the threats that animals face every day.
The Centro de Estudios de Derecho Animal Argentina is an independent organisation that was created with the aim of establishing in Argentina a national and international reference point for research, study and academic development of Animal Law in the legal system.
The Alliance for Animal Law of Asia is an international networking campaign that is aimed to cooperate with animal organizations for establishing networks for the law and policy information, educational sources, and activities of Animal Law of Asia initiated and organized by the Institute of Animal Law of Asia (IALA). The Alliance aims to improve the awareness of legal protection for animals in Asia and the world through legal education, collaboration, online events, and webinars, and inviting experts to share their experience with their audience.
Animal Law Reform South Africa (ALRSA) is the first dedicated animal law non-profit organisation in South Africa. ALRSA envisages a society which recognises the interconnectedness between humans, non-human animals and the environment, and whose laws and policies protect, respect and promote their flourishing.
ALRSA was founded on the principle that justice is enhanced where legal protection is available to all sentient beings. Its founding value is that human rights are enriched – not impoverished – by including animals in the notion of justice. ALRSA focuses on a few key areas including (i) Legislative and Policy Reform; (ii) Litigation and Legal Services and (iii) Education and Research.
LAPA is an African-wide network of lawyers, paralegals, advocates and other stakeholders passionate about the protection of animals and the environment. LAPA has a common mission of changing hearts, minds and laws to promote the interests and well-being of animals in Africa.
LAPA undertakes work in the areas of Legal Advocacy; Consultancy; Policy and Legislative Development; and Research and Education to achieve its mission. LAPA provides a platform where persons interested in animal and environmental law and protection can collaborate, engage and access resources and opportunities to advance their knowledge and work in these areas.
The Animals & Society Research Initiative (ASRI) is a research forum and working group at the University of Victoria (Canada) for those interested in the critical examination of normalized practices and conceptualizations of human-animal/interspecies relations.
The Working Animal Alliance believes in a world where working animals are recognised for the invaluable contribution they provide to humankind. They provide a cross-sectoral discussion space from which to coordinate information, activity and aspirations for working animal welfare. Previous actions by individual organisations have brought the working animal narrative into the sphere of the United Nations (UN), and the Alliance aims to facilitate the inclusion of a range of voices to support development of these continued activities.
In 2016, a group of lawyers and other professionals active in the protection of animals joined together to form Animal Law Italia. Their aim is to promote fair laws for animals, in step with the evolution of scientific knowledge and societal values, as well as to contribute to the enforcement of existing laws. Animal Law Italia organises training and educational initiatives aimed at broadening attitudes on the subject, as well campaigning to call for important legislative changes.
We Animals Media brings visibility to hidden animals through compelling video and photojournalism. As the world’s leading animal photojournalism agency, our mission is to document the stories of animals in the human environment — those used for food, fashion, entertainment, and experimentation — and to connect those stories to the individuals and organizations who need them. Our stock platform contains 10,000+ visuals taken by professional photojournalists worldwide and is available royalty-free.
Pablo Serra-Palao is a Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Murcia, Spain. He has published several articles on animal law and environmental law issues, such as the crime of ecocide or the linkages between ecosystems’ vulnerability and ecological integrity. He is currently working on the legal relevance of future generations’ well-being, underpinning his work in future care ethics and a vulnerability-based approach. He holds an LL.M. in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School of Spain, and an LL.B and an LL.M. in Biolaw from the University of Murcia. He is also Associate Editor of Bioderecho.es Journal.
Rebecca is currently completing their MA in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter, with intent to begin PhD-level research in January 2022 after graduation. Their current research focuses on elephant unemployment solutions in Myanmar and the neocolonial factors affecting perceptions of the Canadian Atlantic seal harvest.
Their work is informed by the emphasis placed on symbiotic ethics by the Exeter Anthrozoology programme, undergraduate studies in Anthropology, and a Kerulos Center course on decolonizing research. Rebecca aims to include the interests of all human and nonhuman animals impacted by a given issue.
Amy has over ten years of legal experience and prior to graduating as the first South African with an LL.M. Degree in Animal Law, she worked as a corporate lawyer at the largest law firm in Africa. Amy is co-founder and director of the first organisation dedicated to animal law in her country – Animal Law Reform South Africa. Amy is a trustee of the Humane Education Trust (HET), a director and co-founder of the Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations (CAAWO), and is the co-founder of Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa (LAPA).
Amy is currently working at UCLA School of Law in California as the Brooks Institute Animal Law and Policy Fellow, and prior to this position, she worked as the Legal Fellow of the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative and assisting with the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Olga F. Koroleva is a London-based artist–un-academic–forager–lecturer. She works with recorded and live media, photography, and writing exploring ways of non-exploitative cohabitation with multiple others on this planet. She is the founder of the international peer-group The Political Animal and the curator of Togetherness stories for healing (with) the Oceans.
There are four major strands in her practice at the moment: a speculative multispecies storytelling project themed around care, a performance/video/scent narrative based on supernatural love story Le Gars (Tsvetaeva, 1924), a research project focused on the recognition of cetacean personhood, and an exploration of vegetal worlds and how plants can help visualise hidden disability via a decolonial mapping of plant propagation trajectories.
She is a Film Practice Fellow at The Centre for Film and Ethics, Queen Mary University of London (2019-2022), a Virtual Artist in Residence at Global Research Network (2019-2020), and a recipient of Arts Council England Developing Your Creative Practice Grant (2019-2021). You can read her recent interview in verdure engraved compiled by composer Jez Riley French where she shares how her childhood experiences have helped form her current practice.
Anne Safiya Clay
Anne is a PhD candidate in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason University in the United States. She is interested in the relationship between culture and the development of environmental ethics, especially with respect to the conservation and welfare of wild animals. Her PhD research focuses on a comparative study of zoos in the United States, South Korea, and France—specifically on how these institutions fit into the larger context of the 21 st century debate on modern zoos. She received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Biology and Society from Arizona State University. She has several publications, including a chapter on the development of the Seoul Zoo’s animal welfare management and conservation priorities in The Ark and Beyond, a book on the evolution of zoo and aquarium research.
Yvonne Isaac-Kesseli is a Partner in a Strategy Consultancy and has conducted numerous Strategy and Transformation Projects in different industries. Passionate about animal welfare, biodiversity, climate and water with a strong track record in developing and implementing corporate sustainability strategies. She holds positions in Academia and the NPO sector, eg. as president of an Economists’ alumni Association or president of a biodiversity NGO. The world needs leaders who demonstrate cross-species solidarity, compassion and conscience. She is a firm advocate of animal welfare and is saddened by the horror we have been creating for our fellow species. Together we can enable fruitful partnerships and create impact, especially for the voiceless.
Cebuan is a PhD candidate at Radboud University, the Netherlands, within the Environmental Governance and Politics Group. Her interdisciplinary research explains the synergies and trade-offs between animal and biodiversity governance systems using an Integrative Governance framework. In particular, she is researching topics in conservation where there are conflicts between protecting the interests of individual animals and those of species: ‘Invasive Alien’ Species, non-subsistence hunting and species ‘management’, and rewilding. These topics relate to themes on non-human agency, multi/inter-species justice and transformative governance. Cebuan obtained an MSc in Global Environmental Governance from Vrije University, Amsterdam, and a BA in Politics from Durham University in the UK.