Seventh Oxford Summer School on Animal Ethics

Event description: 

Animals and Public Policy: Embodying, Implementing, and Institutionalising Animal Ethics

August 15-18, 2021

Merton College, Oxford, UK

We are witnessing a change in attitudes to animals – from the idea that they are tools, machines, commodities, here for our use, to the idea that they are sentient beings who have intrinsic value, dignity, and rights. This Summer School will be concerned with how that change of attitude should be embodied, implemented and institutionalised in public policy, including legislation, education, business, arts, sciences, literature, and religion.

How do we properly institutionalise the attitudinal change that has taken place over the last forty years?

We invite public policy advisers and academics, educationalists, ethicists, historians, lawyers, criminologists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, social scientists, and others from around the globe to participate and present. We aim to produce a pioneering book volume that breaks new ground.

The Call for Papers is closed and we have a full programme of speakers. There is a waiting list for speakers, please email for more information.

All selected papers will be considered for publication in book form or in the Journal of Animal Ethics.

The Summer School is being arranged by the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (