A dozen fellows sit around a table at a workshop


Academic Workshop Series

Every other week each academic year more than a dozen participants meet for afternoon sessions of our Animal Law & Policy Workshop Series to review and critique drafts of each other’s scholarship in progress. In addition to the Program’s faculty, staff, visiting affiliates, HLS SJD and LLM students, and Harvard University graduate students, we also welcomed the JD Student Board of the Harvard Animal Law Society to experience this intellectually rigorous atmosphere, along with others from outside the immediate Harvard community.

View Our 2019-2020 Academic Year Animal Law & Policy Workshop Series.

View Our 2018-2019 Academic Year Animal Law & Policy Workshop Series.


Hosted Workshops & Roundtables

The Animal Law & Policy Program frequently identifies animal protection-related matters that might benefit from additional academic attention and accordingly will circulate a call for scholarly abstracts on a particular topic. Several of those submissions are then selected to be developed into full drafts and the authors invited to campus for hosted workshops to share feedback with the other participants.

The Program also hosts closed-door roundtables to address policy issues that historically have not been adequately discussed or to bring together parties on neutral territory who could benefit from confidential dialogue. These events convene experts and stakeholders from law, academia, science, government, industry, and advocacy to privately assess the issues, identify potential challenges and opportunities, and recommend strategic paths forward.  Examples include:

Egyptian Humane Education Workshop, June 12-13, 2019

Clean Meat Regulatory Roundtable, August 8-10, 2018

Animal Law and Criminal Punishment Book Manuscript Workshop, February 23, 2018

Animal Agriculture from the Middle East to Asia Workshop, May 11-12, 2017

The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty Workshop, December 1, 2016

Animals, Law, and Religion Workshop, May 20-21, 2016

Animals in Comparative Constitutional Law Workshop, February 18-19, 2016