ASEAN Animal Law Conference

The ASEAN Animal Law Conference will commence discussions about the ethical treatment of animals in ASEAN member countries. The Conference will examine the ethics, law and policy on animals in ASEAN, and also look to international comparisons to develop ideas on best practices for animal welfare. There will also be key sessions focussing on elephant law and policy in Asia to develop some clear strategies for the implementation of policies and strategies for the protection of the Asian elephant, including captive and working elephants. The Conference will look at turning these policies into legal instruments that will be promoted to both ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nation) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) members.

The Conference is managed by the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law (ARIEL) and co-hosted by Chiang Mai University (Thailand) and the University of New England (Australia). A coordinating committee has already been established, co-chaired by Associate Professor Amanda Kennedy (UNE) and Matthew Baird (Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law).


The Conference will be held at the Le Meridien Chiang Mai from 16 - 18 December 2018.


A formal call for papers is available here. The draft conference program is now available.

Speakers will include those from both the international animal law community, the Asian elephant community as well as international legal experts on animals and animal law.

Future Events

It is our intention that this event will be the first annual conference event on ASEAN Animal Law. A second conference is planned for Kuching, Malaysia in September 2019.