June 22-23, 2023

SLS Annual Seminar: Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022


The aim of this proposed seminar is to mark the one year anniversary of the coming into force of the landmark Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022, the first UK legislation to legally recognise the importance of sentience in protecting animal interests. This seminar will explore this direction of travel, or whether alternative approaches are preferable to increase animal welfare and protect their interests.


There are a range of national and international speakers attending from academia, law, NGOs, government, and veterinary science. Confirmed speakers include:


  • Professor Mike Radford, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Dr Charlotte Blattner, Institute of Public Law, University of Berne, Switzerland
  • Professor David Bilchitz, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and University of Reading, UK
  • Edie Bowles, Advocates for Animals, London, UK
  • Professor Donald Broom, Cambridge University, UK
  • Heather Browning, University of Southampton
  • Dr Sean Butler, Cambridge University, Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights, UK
  • Dr Stephen Cooke, Leicester University, UK
  • Dr Jan Deckers, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Raffael Fasel, Cambridge University, Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights, UK, and University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Oscar Horta, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Veera Koponen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Dr Visa Kurki, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Professor Erica Lyman, Lewis & Clark Law School, USA
  • Dr Angus Nurse, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • Dr Rajesh K. Reddy, Lewis & Clark Law School, USA
  • Dr Debbie Rook, Northumbria University, UK
  • Michael Seals CBE (Chair, UK Animal Sentience Committee)
  • Paula Sparks, Chairperson UK Centre for Animal Law
  • Elizabeth Stein (Litigation Director, Nonhuman Rights Project)
  • Birgitta Wahlberg, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
  • Dr Joe Wills, Leicester University, UK
  • Professor Sarah Wolfensohn, Surrey University, UK
  • Dr Tanya Wyatt, UN