March 1, 2022

For a More Humane Union - A Legal Assessment of EU Farm Animal Welfare Laws


The European Institute for Animal Law & Policy is delighted to announce an event we are co-sponsoring with Compassion in World Farming EU: "For a More Humane Union: A Legal Analysis of EU Farm Animal Welfare Legislation". This event will launch our special report on EU farm animal welfare legislation


Alice Di Concetto

Legal Advisor, Founder @The European Institute for Animal Law & Policy

Alice Di Concetto will present the European Institute for Animal Law & Policy's first report, which consists in a complete legal review of EU Farm Animal Welfare Legislation. Alice is the founder of The European Institute for Animal Law & Policy, a think tank specializing in EU animal law and policies. She additionally is a lecturer in European animal law at the Sorbonne Law School and Sciences Po.

Danielle Duffield

Attorney (Associate) @Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP

An attorney from New Zealand based in London, UK, Danielle will present on "The EU as a Model to Follow and Surpass: Recent Farm Animal Law Developments in New Zealand"

Manuela Giacomini

Attorney (Associate) @Conte&Giacomini

Manuela Giacomini is a practicing attorney specializing in animal law, in Italy, Genoa, at Conte&Giacomini Avvocati. Manuela regularly represents animal protection nonprofits on cases involving the protection of animals during transport, including the German NGO “Animal Welfare Foundation” and the Italian organizations Animal Equality Italy and Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali. Manuela was born and raised in Italy, and graduated from Genova Law School. She joined Conte & Giacomini Avvocati law firm in 2013, where she practices in the fields of criminal Law and EU law, as well as animal law.

Anja Hazekamp

Member of the European Parliament @GUE/NGL (Netherlands)

Anja Hazekamp, Member of European Parliament (Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health & Food Safety, Member of the Committee on Fisheries, Member of the Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development, Honorary President of the parliamentary Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals). Anja Hazekamp is a biologist and animal advocate. She has been an MEP since 2014, representing the Dutch Party for the Animals, the first political party in the world advocating for the entire planet and all her inhabitants.

Olga Kikou

Head of the EU Office @Compassion in World Farming EU

Olga will will present on the "Societal Demand for More Animal Protection". Short bio coming soon.

Sylwia Spurek

Member of the European Parliament @The Greens (Poland)

Dr. Sylwia Spurek. A lawyer; a politician; a Ph.D. in law; a legal counsel; a legislator; and a feminist. Dr. Spurek is also a vegan and an animal rights advocate. Between 2015 and 2019, she was a Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland. Currently, she is a Member of the European Parliament, Vice-chair of the FEMM Committee, and a Member of LIBE Committee. Along with her partner, Dr. Marcin Anaszewicz, she is the author of the book Związek Partnerski. Rozmowy o Polsce (Partnership. Conversations about Poland) (2019), the proceeds of which are being donated to the Międzynarodowy Ruch na Rzecz Zwierząt Viva! (Viva! International Animal Rights Movement) foundation.

Angie van Dijk

Lawyer (Campagnejurist) @Wakker Dier

Angie is a lawyer at Wakker Dier, an animal protection organization based in The Netherlands. She will discuss Wakker Dier's litigation efforts to advance the treatment of farmed animals at national level. Short bio coming soon.

Michal Wiezik

Member of the European Parliament @Renew Europe (Slovakia)

Michal Wiezik is a scientist and an Associate Professor of Ecology. In the European Parliament, he is a member of the ENVI, PETI and CONT committees. In his work, among other topics, he follows the revision of animal welfare legislation and oversees the process starting with the report on the protection of animals during transport as a former member of the ANIT Committee, which ended in 2022. He also advocates for a shift away from intensive farming and for better animal welfare for farmed animals, including ending the use of cages in farming, as successfully requested by the European citizens.

Andrea Gavinelli

Head of the Animal Welfare Unit @European Commission - DG SANTE

Dr Andrea Gavinelli will present on the upcoming revision of EU farm animal welfare legislation.


Elliot Teperman and Eddy Wax

Elliot Teperman is a Program Officer at the Jeremy Coller Foundation (London, UK) and will moderate the first panel. Eddy is a journalist at Politico Europe and will moderate the second panel of the event.