The invited speakers here mentioned are renowned for their expertise in Animal law or in a field bearing influence it.


Auffret Van der Kemp, Thierry

Director, Fondation Droit animal, éthique et science (LFDA)

Thierry Auffret Van der Kemp is a biological oceanographer, graduated from the University of Paris VI. He is an animal biology and scientific mediation research engineer, former head of the life sciences department of the Palais de la découverte (Paris) and former scientific and education director of the Center for scientific and industrial science “L’Espace des Sciences” (Rennes). Thierry Auffret Van der Kemp is an Officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms), and recipient of the Médaille de vermeil of the French Society of Arts, Sciences and Letters.


Baratay, Éric

Professor, Faculty of Arts and Civilizations, Université Jean Moulin (Lyon 3)

 Dr. Eric Baratay is an Associate Professor of Modern History in Lyon, France, where he also conducts research at the Rhône-Alpes Historical Research Laboratory, in the CNRS unit. He specializes in animal history and human-animal relations, a discipline, which is currently in full development in France. He has worked on phenomena related to violence (corrida) and to confinement (zoos), as well as on the evolution of representations and concepts (Christianity, zoology) and the history of the animal condition. His most recent published works include: “Et l’homme créa l’animal” (And Man created the Animal) (2003), which provides a historical fresco of the animal condition, “Portraits d’animaux” (Animal Portraits) (2007), which is devoted to the most beautiful zoology boards produced in the Nineteenth Century, and “La Société des animaux de la Révolution à la Libération” (The Society of Animals from the Revolution to Liberation) (2008), which demonstrates how animals were extensively placed in the service of men and how they disrupted the society of that time.


Bisgould, Lesli

Adjunct professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Lesli Bisgould was called to the Ontario bar in 1992. She worked for several years at a Toronto litigation firm, then left to start her own practice in animal rights law. For ten years, she acted for individuals and organizations in a variety of animal-related cases; this was the only practice of its kind in Canada. She has argued at every level of court in Canada and has deputed before government bodies and committees at every level of government. Bisgould has lectured widely at universities and law schools across Canada. She has been a frequent commentator in print, radio and television media on the subject. She has authored and co-authored a variety of reports, law journal articles and a chapter in Animal Subjects, which was published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2008. Bisgould recently began working in the fields of human rights and poverty law. She continues to work for animal rights, instructing the Introduction to Animals and the Law course at the University of Toronto's faculty of law, and writing a book about animals and the law.


Black, Vaughan

Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Vaughan Black teaches at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax. In addition to the course in Animals and the Law his subjects are torts and private international law, and he has sometimes served as Faculty Lawyer at Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. His most recent book is Foreign Currency Claims in the Conflict of Laws (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2010). His current research on animals looks at the regulation of the transfer of farmed animals from farm to slaughterhouse. Of interest in connection with his paper at this conference, he is a member of Dalhousie University’s Committee on Laboratory Animals.


DeCoux, Elizabeth

Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law

A native of the United States, Elizabeth DeCoux completed her undergraduate education in English literature at Belhaven College and her law degree at Mississippi College.  She was chosen to serve as law clerk to Chief Justice Harry Walker of the Mississippi Supreme Court.  After her clerkship, she practiced law with the civil firm Thomas, Price, Alston Jones and Davis.  Highlights of her practice included significant victories in insurance bad faith litigation and in a death penalty case. In 1997, DeCoux entered the field of legal education, serving as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, where she also taught courses in Insurance Law and Animals and the Law.  In 2004, DeCoux became a visiting professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she accepted a tenure track position in 2005.  She has been promoted to Associate Professor at FCSL, where she teaches Torts, Evidence, Animals and the Law, and Animal Rights Advocacy.  She also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she teaches the Animal Rights Seminar.  She has lectured and published widely in the fields of animal rights and evidence.


Lachance, Martine

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM)

Martine Lachance has been a Professor of Law at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQÀM) since 2004. She holds a Doctorate in private law from Laval University Laval and the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). Her research and teaching interests include family law, private international law and animal law. As a result of her involvement in the emergence of the animal rights field in Quebec, in 2007 she created a course entitled “Les espèces animales et le droit” (Animals Species and the Law), and established the International Research Group in Animal Law (GRIDA). She has also supported the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association in opposing the adoption of Bill S-203 (amendment to the Criminal Code).  She currently serves on the Animal Well-Being Committee of the “Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec”. Under the auspices of GRIDA, Martine Lachance organized in 2009 the first international conference in animal law ever to take place in Canada, entitled The Animal Within the Sphere of Human Needs.


Le Bot, Olivier

Professeur, Faculté de droit, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

Olivier Le Bot completed his doctoral studies and has been an Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Nice since 2008. His research and teaching activities focus mainly on fundamental rights, procedure and animal law. He is the author of various works, articles, and papers related to case law.


Sankoff, Peter

Associate professor, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario 

Peter is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law who specializes in animal law, criminal law and the law of evidence.  He is the author or editor of five books, including Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue, the first book ever published in the Southern Hemisphere to focus exclusively on animal law issues.  Peter Sankoff lectures and publishes on a variety of animal law topics.  He taught animal law at the University of Auckland from 2006-2010, and also as a Visiting Professor at Haifa University in Israel, and the University of Melbourne.  Peter Sankoff has also taught an advanced animal law course entitled Comparative Concepts in Animal Protection Law at Lewis and Clark College of Law. 

Simonin, Denis

Member of the Animal Welfare Unit, Directorate General for Health and Consumers, European Commission

Denis Simonin graduated as a veterinary surgeon at the National Veterinary School of Nantes (1983) and obtained an MBA from Laval University in Québec City. Since 1999 he has been working at the European Commission in charge of developing European legislation on animal welfare in the framework of the Directorate General for Health and Consumers. His main responsibility is now to prepare the second EU strategy for the protection and welfare of animals for 2011-2015. Denis Simonin has been working on the protection of animals at the time of killing (Regulation No 1099/2009) and during transport (Regulation (EC) No 1/2005). Prior to his current position, he worked since 1985 for the state veterinary services in the French Ministry of Agriculture, occupying different positions related to food safety and international veterinary issues at the central administration. He was also Director of the veterinary services in Rungis, near Paris, where is located the biggest wholesale market for food in France. Denis Simonin also worked on food safety in Québec and South Africa.


Troncy, Éric

Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal

Assistant Professor in Physio/Pharmacology at the Veterinary Biomedicine Department of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University de Montreal and director of the Quebec Research Group in Animal Pharmacology (GREPAQ), Dr Eric Troncy is a renowned member of the veterinary sciences community for his work on animal suffering. Laureate of the Claude-Bernard de Lyon Faculty of medicine in France, Dr. Troncy also holds a Ph.D in biomedical sciences from the University of Montreal, and a doctoral degree in pharmacology-pharmaceutical chemistry from the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France). Moreover, Dr. Troncy was elected 2001 Veterinarian of the year in France, for his actions in the field of animal suffering. Author of numerous publications, Dr Eric Troncy’s works received research and teaching awards, the most recent being the Chevalier de l’Ordre national du mérite agricole de la République Française.


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