Conference 2024

Welfare, Rights, & Agency: Old and New Trends in Animal Law 

Conference registration

The registration fee is €180, with a reduced fee of €110 available for PhD candidates and students. Researchers at the University of Helsinki are also eligible for the reduced fee. If you are not in one of these categories but believe you qualify for the reduced fee, please contact us by email to confirm ( The registration fee includes lunches, coffee, and the conference dinner on August 13th. All food at the conference is entirely vegan.

Please note that there is a separate deadline for speaker registration; speakers are kindly asked to register by May 15th. The general registration will close on July 14th.


Undergraduate and Master's students at the University of Helsinki and other Finnish universities are welcome to attend the conference sessions free of charge. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide catering or dinner for students. Please contact if you wish to join us.


The language of the conference is English, and we expect the conference format to be fully in-person.

Keynote Speakers

The keynote presentations in the 2024 Conference will be held by Kristen Stilt from Harvard University and Raffael Fasel from University of Cambridge.

Other information

Here, we have compiled a list of hotel accommodations near the conference venue (University of Helsinki, Main building, Fabianinkatu 33). You can find the booking sites for the hotels by visiting the link 'Hotels in Helsinki'.

  1. Solo Sokos Hotel Helsinki
  2. Radisson RED Helsinki
  3. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
  4. Scandic Grand Central Helsinki
  5. Hotel Kämp

Additionally, there is an accommodation option available in one of the university's buildings, Porthania, which also serves as our lunch venue. You can view the available options and details on UniHome's website. 

By booking accommodations from Unihome, you can apply a discount using the code UNI24.

Unfortunately, we do not have access to any other discounts on accommodations.

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact:



Nina Järvinen


PhD Workshop:

Marcia Condoy Truyenque


Call for Abstracts | Closed

The Helsinki Animal Law Centre invited abstracts from established and junior scholars interested in presenting and discussing their research at the upcoming Helsinki Animal Law Conference, taking place on the 13th and 14th of August in 2024 at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The Conference seeks to explore the features and foundations of animal law, from both an analytical and a normative point of view.  

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • The legal status of animals  
  • The interaction between animal law and other fields of research 
  • The general principles of animal law 
  • The debate over animal rights, personhood, and the welfarist regime  
  • Emerging topics in animal law, such as animal agency, animal labour, Rights of Nature


PhD Work-in-Progress Workshop: 

PhD candidates also have the option to present at the PhD Workshop, which will precede the conference and take place on August 12, 2024, at the University of Helsinki. The PhD Workshop is an opportunity for early-career scholars to present and discuss their papers in a more intimate setting with more time for discussions and feedback. The workshop will be pre-read, and participants will receive feedback from each other and from the members of the Helsinki Animal Law Centre.