The ASEAN Animal Law Conference will commence discussions about the ethical treatment of animals in ASEAN member countries. The Conference will examine the ethics, law and policy on animals in ASEAN, and also look to international comparisons to develop ideas on best practices for animal welfare. There will also be key sessions focussing on elephant law and policy in Asia to develop some clear strategies for the implementation of policies and strategies for the protection of the Asian elephant, including captive and working elephants. The Conference will look at turning these policies into legal instruments that will be promoted to both ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) members. The Conference is managed by the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (ARIEL) and co-hosted by Chiang Mai University (Thailand) and the University of New England (Australia). A coordinating committee has already been established, co-chaired by Associate Professor Amanda Kennedy (UNE) and Matthew Baird (Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law).
There will also be key sessions that focus on elephant law and policy in Asia in order to develop clear pathways for the implementation of laws, policies and strategies for the protection of the Asian elephant, including working and captive elephants.
Conference papers are sought on the following topics:
- The ethical relationship between humans and animals
- Animals in tourism
- Animals in agriculture
- Animals as companions
- Illegal wildlife trade
As well as the following specific elephant law and policy topics:
- Captive, wild and working elephants
- Climate change and habitat protection
- Elephant tourism
- Resolving human-elephant conflict
Presentations on other relevant animal law topics are also welcome. A Call for Papers was issued on May 2018.
- ASEAN Nationals Early Bird Rate (before August 31) = AUD $200
- ASEAN Nationals Standard Rate (after September 1) = AUD $230
- Non-ASEAN Nationals Early Bird Rate (before August 31) = AUD $300
- Non-ASEAN Nationals Standard Rate (after September 1) = AUD $350
Full Registration includes:
- Attendance at all conference sessions
- Welcome reception, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
- Conference materials