Simultaneous Translation

Lectures and presentations during the conference will take place in French or English. A simultaneous translation service will be available throughout the conference.

Continuing Education

Some professional corporations recognize the Conference in their continuing education program:Sceau_de_reconnaissance_-_Barreau

  • Barreau du Québec: 5.30 hours
  • Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec: 6 hours (popularization category)

Round table Presenter

The presenter assigned to all round tables is Sabrina tremblay-Huet, who is a member of the Student Fund for the Defense of Animal Legal Interests (FEDIJA) of the Department of Juridical Sciences at the University of Quebec at Montréal (ALDF Student Chapter). Sabrina Tremblay-Huet is an undergraduate student in international law and international relations.

Conference Program


May 20, 2011


Reception and Registration


Opening Speech


GRIDA President : Martine Lachance - Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Quebec in Montreal


Does Animal Suffer?


Éric Baratay - Professor, Faculty of Arts and Civilizations, Jean Moulin University (Lyon 3)  (20 min.) 

Suffering, the Hidden Face of the XIXth Century Protection Laws


Éric Troncy - Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal  (20 min.) 

Indices scientifiques de la douleur animale : à quoi reconnaissons-nous qu'ils souffrent ?


Thierry Auffret Van der Kemp - Director, Fondation Droit Animal, éthique et sciences  (30 min.)

Scientific, Ethical and Legal Awareness of Animal Sensitivity in France


Questions  (15 min.)


Refreshment Break


Why Should Law Be Concerned about Animal Suffering?


Elizabeth DeCoux - Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law (20 min.)

The Narrative of Animal Suffering:  A Crucial Link Between Animal Liberation and Other Social Justice Movements


Lesli Bisgould - Adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto  (20 min.)

There is No Such Thing as Animal Rights


Vaughan Black - Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University  (20 min.)

A Regulated Regard: Comparing the Regulation of Animal and Human Experimentation


Questions  (15 min.)




Models of Animal Protection Legislations Outside of Canada


Olivier Le Bot - Professor, Faculty of Law, Nice Sophia Antipolis University  (20 min.)

Major Developments of Animal Inclusion in the European Legal System: Dereification and Constitutional Inclusion


Denis Simonin - Member of the Animal Welfare Unit, Directorate General for Health and Consumers, European Commission  (20 min.)

European Policies on Animal Welfare: the Way Towards the Second European Union Strategy for Animal Welfare


Peter Sankoff - Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario (20 min.)

New Zealand's System of Animal Welfare: Strengths, Weaknesses and the Power of Dialogue


Questions  (15 min.)


Refreshment Break


Political Reactions


Marlene Jennings - Honorary President, Outgoing Liberal Deputy (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce - Lachine)   (15 min.)


Alexandra Mendès - Honorary President, Outgoing Liberal Deputy (Brossard - La Prairie)  (15 min.)

Name to follow - Green Party (15 min.)


Questions  (15 min.)


Closing Speech


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