• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online
This is an online, elective course offered to Juris Doctor (online delivery) students.  
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the legal, ethical, regulatory, economic and social issues that are associated with human interaction with animals.
It is intended to demonstrate that this interaction between human activities and animal interests is a serious area of academic inquiry giving rise to significant legal, regulatory and socio-ethical issues.  Accordingly, the subject is inter-disciplinary in its approach. 
While the subject will consider animals within established categories of law such as property (for example, s. 4 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) defines “goods” to include animals), it will also examine the legal status and regulation of the treatment of within the broader contexts outlined above.  This includes an economic and scientific context, an environmental context, and an ethical-political context. 
Students will therefore be challenged in their traditional understanding of animals as they are conceptualised in law (including underlying philosophical assumptions) and to critically evaluate the way the legal system influences the interests of animals within society.  In this way, an examination of animals through prevailing and traditional legal doctrines is critiqued and evaluated through the insights of other academic disciplines such as philosophy, economics and science.  
This approach will provide students with an opportunity for critical reflection on the legal and ethical interaction between humans and animals as manifested in the law.
The discipline of Animal Law did not exist in Australia until a few years ago.  All of the intellectual material, texts and academic articles that form the content of the course are the products of sustained research into the human-animal relationship in ancient and contemporary societies.  In many cases, this task has necessitated intensive inter-disciplinary research going well beyond the confines of traditional legal scholarship.  

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have completed LAWS8712 in the Juris Doctor (online delivery).


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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