October 17, 2022

The Culture & Animals Foundation and Tier Im Recht Present the 2022 Tom Regan Memorial Lecture

Zurich, Switzerland

“Transitional Justice and Animal Rights”

Rights are the bare minimum we owe to nonhuman animals – this is roughly the consensus among moral and political philosophers. The call for animal rights has increasingly gained traction among academics, practitioners, and activists in recent decades, yet, systematic violence against other animals has not stopped since and shows no sign of slowing down. Part of the problem may be that the past must first be acknowledged, human-animal relationships restored, and reconciliation initiated before just relations may take over the violent present. In short, we need a transitional theory of interspecies justice. This lecture draws the contours of principles of transitional justice for an interspecies society that can be applied prefiguratively to begin building more peaceful and just forms of co-existence with other animals today.

Monday October 17th at 3:00 p.m (Swiss time) and 9:00 a.m. (Kingston, ON) time. The time allotted for the whole event is 90 mins. The lecture will be held via Zoom. A Zoom account is not needed to participate. For students located in Switzerland there is the possibility to join live at Tier im Recht, Rigistrasse 9, 8006 Zürich. Please use the swiss sign up form for this option.

  • Charlotte E. Blattner, Ph.D., LLM (Harvard) Senior Lecturer and Researcher Faculty of Law, University of Berne, Switzerland
  • Respondent: Will Kymlicka, D.Phil (Oxford) Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada