Call for submissions: Canadian Animal Law Conference 2020, University of Toronto

Dead-line: March, 13 2020

Canadian Animal Law Conference 2020
September 18 – 20, 2020
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Nonhuman animals occupy a precarious and vulnerable place in our shared world, used on an industrial scale for food, science, clothing, entertainment, and companionship. The law often makes a bad situation worse by facilitating and justifying the many ways in which they are used. Yet animal law scholars, practioners, and advocates fight tirelessly to imagine ways in which nonhuman animals can be treated that are consistent with their interests.

Submissions for the second annual Canadian Animal Law Conference are invited from scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students on topics relating to advocacy, litigation, legislation, policy, and our legal and ethical relationship with non-human animals. In particular, we invite presentations that reflect on the legal position of nonhuman animals in our shared world as companion animals, objects of entertainment, the source objects for animal-use industries (such as fur and food), or living their lives in the wild. Subjects might include, but are not limited to ideas for legislative reform, reports on or plans for litigation strategies, issues relating to law enforcement, public policy initiatives, legal or other forms of education, and historical or philosophical studies.

We welcome a variety of perspectives and formats, including traditional academic paper presentations, panel discussion proposals on a particular issue, debates, and shorter presentations on cases and other topics of interest. The goal is to focus on the place of animals in our shared world through meaningful engagement with law, policy, and scholarship happening across the globe, with a focus on North America and Canada in particular.

To submit, please send the following information to

  • Abstract & title (maximum 150 words; panel proposals may be 150 words per panelist)
  • Biography (maximum 150 words)
  • CV (maximum two pages)
  • Headshot

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 13, 2020. Applicants will be notified of whether their submission has been accepted by Friday, May 8, 2020. Due to a high volume of submissions and a desire to include as many presenters as possible, most speakers will be organized into panels. We particularly encourage panel proposals.

Please note that all presenters must register for the conference. A separate student conference will be held on Friday, September 18. Students interested in presenting at or participating in the student conference should monitor the conference website for additional updates.

For further information on the conference, please visit:

A PDF version of the call for submissions is available for download here.