Summer Seminars - Animal Welfare Protection: Future Perspectives in International and Comparative Law


Chancellor Day Hall Stephen Scott Seminar Room (OCDH 16), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

This summer, the Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law is presenting a series of Summer Seminars in which the whole McGill Law community is invited to take part. The main purpose of this seminar series is to offer a forum to younger scholars to present their ideas and to engage with those of others in an informal setting.

Cookies and cold drinks will be served.

Speaker: Sabine Brels, Faculty of Law, Université Laval

Title: Animal Welfare Protection: Future Perspectives in International and Comparative Law


The legal protection of animal welfare is progressing world-wide. National laws are strengthening and multiplying throughout the world; European instruments are being consolidated and externalized; international standards are developing; and finally, a universal declaration on animal welfare is being proposed to the United Nations General Assembly.

Although the protection granted to animals varies depending on the country and the normative level concerned, there is a common legal grounding that can be deduced from a comprehensive comparative study. Which universal basis can be identified for a binding protection in international law? Is it sufficient for a true improvement of the legal status of animals in the world? What realistic proposals can be made towards this objective? In addition to being explored in this presentation, these issues will be open to discussion among all interested participants.

Contact Information

Jean-Frédéric Hübsch
Coordinator, Crépeau Centre
jean-frederic.hubsch [at]