November 30, 2022

Are Animals Better Protected in Constitutions? Insights from the Brazilian Experience

Helsinki, Finland

Abstract: Among the ten countries that have decided to constitutionalize their goals or legal duties owed to animals, Brazil is the only one where the constitutional protection in question is accompanied by enabling mechanisms that allow specified actors to handily act on behalf of animals before the Courts. Constitutional and infra-constitutional animal protection litigation have recently escalated all over the country with ever-increasing successful outcomes for animals. The Brazilian experience on constitutional animal protection is not much known internationally, as most of the literature on the subject is written in Portuguese and international animal law scholarship usually only touches the surface of the most-known case law. With this in mind, in this talk, I will present recent developments and the most significant impacts of the Brazilian constitutional animal protection provision. Ultimately, I will examine whether and to which extent a constitutional provision supported by mechanisms of legal representation significantly improves the position of animals. 

Join us on 30 November 2022 at 4:15 PM (GMT+2) for a talk by Marina Baptista Rosa (University of Helsinki).

The seminar is open to everyone and prospective attendees are kindly asked to register by Tuesday 29 November 2022. The seminar will be in hybrid format, so please indicate in the registration form whether you want to join in person or via Zoom. The live seminar will be in Porthania. Welcome!   


Marina Baptista Rosa is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki. Her research focuses on constitutional animal protection. By using the Brazilian experience as a case study, she seeks to investigate how constitutional provisions dedicated to animals interact with the welfarist paradigm and the animal rights theory in general. Marina is trained as a lawyer with a postgraduate specialization in Public and Constitutional Law in Brazil and holds a degree of Master of International and Comparative Law from the University of Eastern Finland. She serves as Academic Coordinator at the National Association of Animal Lawyers in Brazil.