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Professor Gary Francione to Keynote University of Basel Conference to Inaugurate Doctoral Program on Animal Rights

February 27, 2013 – 

The Law School of the University of Basel, Switzerland, will launch its new doctoral program in Law and Animals with a keynote address by Rutgers School of Law–Newark Professor Gary L. Francione. The author of ground-breaking legal scholarship, Francione enjoys an international reputation for his work on the moral and legal status of animals.

The Basel Law and Animals doctoral program is significant in that it is believed to be the first such program in Europe. The March 1, 2013 conference that will launch the program is titled “Law and Animals: Ethics at Crossroads.” Francione’s keynote address is titled “Animal Law: Regulation or Abolition?” Conference presentations will focus on the fundamental debate on the conflict of interest between human and nonhuman animals. Panelists will include experts in the field from the University of Basel, University of Zurich, and the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.

Professor Francione is well known throughout the animal protection movement for his criticism of animal welfare law and the property status of nonhuman animals, and for his theory of animal rights. In 2012 Rutgers University recognized his preeminence in the field by naming him a Board of Governors Professor, one of the university’s highest honors.

Professor Francione, who also carries the title Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, has been teaching animal rights theory and the law for more than 25 years. He is the author of five highly-regarded books and numerous articles on animal rights theory and animals in the law and has lectured on the topic throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Francione and his colleague, Adjunct Professor Anna Charlton, started and operated the Rutgers Animal Rights Law Clinic from 1990-2000, making Rutgers the first university in the U.S. to have animal rights law as part of the regular academic curriculum and to award students academic credit, not only for classroom work, but also for work on actual cases involving animal issues.