A globalised problem requires a global solution: Contemporary animal law suffers from a mismatch between almost exclusively national legislation on the one hand, and the global dimension of the problems in need of regulation on the other hand. While attention to animal law within individual jurisdictions is on the rise, states can no longer effectively regulate animals unilaterally. The much-decried governance gap arising from globalisation also concerns animals. The imperative of global (as opposed to purely national) regulation and legal analysis, of a global animal law, arises from the fact that virtually all aspects of (commodified) human−animal interactions (ranging from food production and distribution, working animals, animal use in research, to breeding and keeping of pets) possess a transboundary dimension. Legal rules on animals, their status, their welfare and potentially rights can be effective only if they are enacted both on the domestic and on the international level, and in the form of state or inter-state regulation and non-state standards.
Global Animal Law as a new analytical lens and legal field: A new legal field of Global Animal Law is emerging out of a range of subfields, including, for example, human rights law, trade law, food and agricultural law, health law, and environmental law, each in their transnational and international dimensions.
Global Animal Law is an umbrella term that allows researchers to grasp the complex nature and characteristics of the pertinent legal issues, and thus to better analyse, criticise, and advance the legal regimes governing animals globally. Generally speaking, ‘global’ law is a regulatory mix combining a host of different types of norms. Besides the various ‘levels’ of national, international, supranational, and regional or sub-state law, the regulatory network consists of norms made by states and by private actors, thus including standards emerging from industries, often in collaboration with governmental agencies. Finally, it includes both hard and soft law, ranging from codes and international conventions to declarations sponsored by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), which often act transnationally. Global Animal Law also includes topics currently addressed only in national law.
Speaking in terms of Global Animal Law conveys the message that animal law can be best understood, applied, and analysed when legal practitioners and scholars have an eye simultaneously on the various ‘levels’ of the law, and on various norm types. The corpus of domestic, international, and local law, of state-made and privately generated, and of hard and soft law related to the treatment and welfare of animals has reached a critical mass justifying summing it up as a cross-cutting matter or as a legal field of its own, under the overarching heading of Global Animal Law.
The Handbook intends to be a comprehensive reference work that authoritatively establishes the new field of Global Animal Law, maps it, identifies relevant legal issues, and forms a platform for further legal research.
The Handbook will address foundational as well as cutting-edge issues of Global Animal Law. It will also identify and analyse key principles, concepts, and actors shaping this field. It shows the impact of other disciplines and different intellectual paradigms on the formation and on our understanding of Global Animal Law. Finally, country reports, religion reports, snapshots on critical topics, and case notes provide succinct information on salient and current issues and problems.
The plight of animal individuals and species inflicted on them by human activity is a global problem with detrimental repercussions for all humans and for the entire planet (Chap. I). The book gives an overview of the most important international legal regimes which directly address animals (Chap. II). It canvasses species conservation treaties such as the International Whaling Regime (Chap. III) and analyses the animal protection rules of the EU (Chap. IV). The book also analyses the chilling effects of international trade law on national and EU animal welfare measures and the possibilities for using the exceptions to trade liberalisation obligations and the new generation of trade agreements for frontrunner states’ animal friendly regulations (Chap. V). The current international law of armed conflict neglects the horrible effects of warfare on the various groups of animals, both wild and domesticated and suggests legal strategies for protecting animals in wartimes (Chap VI). Chapter VII discusses how fundamental rights for animals would fit into the fabric of international law and which practical and symbolical benefits for animals such a codification would convey.
Chapter VIII recapitulates that public international law creates more harm than good for animals and suggests legal strategies, including progressive treaty interpretation, treaty-making, and animal interest representation, for closing the animal welfare gap in international law. A body of global animal law needs to be developed, accompanied by critical global animal studies.
Anne Peters, Animals in International Law, Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law, Recueil des Cours Vol. 410 (Leiden: Brill 2020), 95-544 (Livre de poche 2021).
Animals are the unknown victims of armed conflicts. Wildlife populations usually decline during warfare, with disastrous repercussions on the food chain, on fragile ecosystems and precarious habitats. Belligerents take advantage of the war chaos for poaching and trafficking of animal products. Lifestock, companion, and zoo animals, highly dependent on human care, are direct victims of hostilities. The forthcoming book is the first legal analysis of these issues. It maps the framework of international humanitarian law. It examines which and how the concepts, principles, and rationales can be applied and adapted for a better protection of animals. The contributions inter alia discuss precautions for animal civilians, problems of animal combatants and prisoners, a specific status for veterinarian personnel, the recognition of biodiversity hotspots as specifically protected zones, and the potential of enforcement mechanisms. The concluding chapter draws together novel interpretations and reform proposals.
The book received the 2023 ESIL Collaborative Book Prize. The Prize was awarded at the 2023 ESIL Annual Conference in Aix-en-Provence on 1 September 2023.
Anne Peters/Jérôme de Hemptinne/Robert Kolb (eds), Animals in the International Law of Armed Conflict (Cambridge: CUP 2022).
Animals in war: At the vanishing point of international humanitarian law, International Review of the Red Cross 104 (2022), 1285-1314, https://www.doi.org/10.1017/S181638312200011X (with Jérôme de Hemptinne).
A Plea for „Animalizing“ the International Law of Armed Conflict, Articles of War, Blog of the Lieber Institute West Point, (with Jérôme de Hemptinne), 11 October 2022. A Plea for “Animalizing” the International Law of Armed Conflict - Lieber Institute West Point
Jérôme de Hemptinne (Geneva Academy)
Brooks Mc Cormick Jr Animal Law & Policy Program, Harvard Law School
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Master's Degree in Animal Law and Society,
Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, https://www.geneva-academy.ch/
Anne Peters mentioned in: Carole Koch und Samuel Misteli, "Pioniere im Stall", NZZ Folio 7/2016, 38.
Anne Peters mentioned in: Petra Pinzler, "Ein deutsches Tierleben", Die Zeit Nr. 21, 15 Mai 2014, 36.
"Brauchen Rind und Robbe eigene Rechte?", interview about the complicated relationship between humans and animals, Basler Zeitung, 10 April 2014, 23.
19 September 2023: Anne Peters, Presentation at the "Cérémonie d'ouverture des cours", University of Lausanne
10 October 2022: Panel discussion at the Einstein-Center 3R at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin
29 September 2022: Plenary lecture at the 2nd Conference of the French Society for philosophy and legal and political theory (SFPJ at the Université Toulouse
Keynote Lecture, Max Planck Law Annual Conference (online)
8 August 2019: Anne Peters as an expert in the habeas corpus proceeding for the Andean bear Chucho at the hearing of the Colombian Constitutional Court.
(Contribution Anne Peters at 3:43:49)
20 February 2019: Anne Peters, "Biodiversity and animal rights: irreconcilable paradigms?", presentation at the 5th event of the lecture and discussion series: "Fundamental Research and Shaping the Future" of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science: "Biodiversity: Ecological and Legal Fundamental Research in Exchange." in Berlin
4 October 2017: Anne Peters, "Global Animal Law: The Emergence of A New Legal Field", presentation at the Ann Arbor University of Michigan Law School, Hutchins Hall 218.
27 July 2017: Anne Peters, "Haben Tiere Rechte?", studio talk as part of the series "radioWissen" of the radio station Bayern 2.
16 January 2017: Anne Peters, "Tierethik in der Grundlagenforschung", panel discussion in the general administration of the Max Planck Society, Munich.
19 January 2016: Anne Peters, "Globales Tierrecht und die Internationalisierung der Rechtsordnung", Inaugural Lecture at the Department of Law of the Freie Universität Berlin.
4-5 April 2014: First Annual European Animal Rights Conference "The Animal Turn and the Law", University of Basel, Faculty of Law.
Peters, Anne, Saskia Stucki, Livia Boscardin (eds.): Animal Law: Reform or Revolution? Schulthess, Zürich, 2015.
Peters, Anne, Saskia Stucki: Vorschläge für eine tierfreundliche, verfassungskonforme und richtliniengetreue Umsetzung der EU-Tierversuchsrichtlinie in Deutschland. Schulthess, Zürich, 2014.
Peters, Anne: Animals Matter in International Law and International Law, Matters for Animals, Introduction to Symposium on Global Animal Law (Part I), AJIL Unbound, 18 September 2017.
Peters, Anne (Co-editor): Rechtswissenschaft Themenheft: Tiere und Recht, volume 7, issue 3, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2016.
This article problematizes the discrepancy between the wealth of international law serving human needs and rights and the international regulatory deficit concerning animal welfare and animal rights. It suggests that, in the face of scientific evidence, the legal human–animal boundary (as manifest notably in the denial of rights to animals) needs to be properly justified. Unmasking the (to some extent) ‘imagined’ nature of the human–animal boundary, and shedding light on the persistence of human–animal comparisons for pernicious and beneficial purposes of the law, can offer inspirations for legal reform in the field of animal welfare and even animal rights.
Max Planck Law Class: Global Animal Law
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Zoom, 28. Januar 2021