Steven Wise will be presenting a public lecture at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Law on Monday 7th May.
The lecture is entitled: "Are Nonhuman Animals Entitled to Fundamental Common Law Rights?".
Venue: Stone Lecture Theatre, Building 801, Faculty of Law, Auckland University
9 Eden Crescent, Auckland, NZ
Time: 7:15 pm, Monday 7 May 2007
Pre-lecture drinks and nibbles will be served in the Law School Staff Lounge from 6:30pm.
The lecture is free and open to all.
Please advise Christine Calvelo at the Law Faculty office if you wish to attend.
Christine can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 64 9 373 7599 extension 85222
Professor Steven Wise was described by USA Today as America’s best-known animal lawyer. He argues the case for granting legal rights to animals in his book, Rattling the Cage: Towards Legal Rights for Animals, which has been described as 'the animals’ Magna Carta'.
Professor Wise was the first person to teach an animal law course at Harvard Law School and currently teaches animal rights law at Vermont Law School. He has lectured extensively throughout North America and is a frequent speaker at law schools, legal conferences and colleges in Europe, including the University of Vienna Law School, University of Basel, Lincoln’s Inn London and the Office of Animal Rights in Florence.
President of the Australian Law Reform Commission Professor David Weisbrot AM:
Law reformers are now beginning to recognise that animal rights will be one of the next great challenges in social justice. Nonhuman animals traditionally have been left out of the rights equation. However the emergence of an animal law movement, and our growing understanding of DNA genetics and evolutionary biology, are prompting us to rethink many traditional legal concepts.