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There is no global regulation, let alone any hard-law treaties, that deal with the interactions between humans and animals even though these have been globalized in many areas, such as for food, agriculture, or the procurement of pets. This is why ANNE PETERS has initiated a research program on Global Legal Animal Studies as she explains in this video. Analyzing international law and comparing domestic laws, she has established trends and found bits and pieces in some legal issue areas that may amount to a body of global animal law. She hopes that these results provide a source of inspiration and argumentation for lawmakers worldwide to develop global animal law further.


Anne Peters is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law as well as a professor at Heidelberg University, Free University Berlin, the University of Basel and William C. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law School. She acted as a legal expert in the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (2009) and was a substitute member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (2011-14). Currently, her research is focused on public international law, its history, global animal law, global governance and global constitutionalism, and the status of humans in international law. She has served on several boards of learned societies and, at the moment, she is Vice-President of the Basel Institute of Governance.


Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Different countries, different cultures – and usually also a different basis for legal systems. The development of the European single market, the global integration of multinational business and commercial companies as well as the increasing internationalisation of our daily lives require that areas of private and commercial law provide solutions that cannot only be derived from the legal systems of individual countries. Academics at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg apply analysis of the differences and similarities between different legal systems to develop a foundation for an international understanding of law and its application to cross-border circumstances. This also includes addressing the methodological issues of comparative law and unification of law. The central research tool of the Institute is its library, which contains one of the world’s most extensive collections of literature on civil law. ( Source )
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Original publication

Introduction to Symposium on Global Animal Law (Part I): Animals Matter in International Law and International Law Matters for Animals

Peters Anne
AJIL Unbound
Published in 2017

Tierwohl als globales Gut: Regulierungsbedarf und -chancen

Peters Anne
RW Rechtswissenschaft
Published in 2016

Global Animal Law: What It Is and Why We Need It

Peters Anne
Transnational Environmental Law
Published in 2016

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