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What rights do societies afford to animals within their respective legal systems? This will be the main question dealt with during the summer course in Animal Law.

Animal Law is an emerging field of law that explores the legal protection of the social and biological needs of animals. Legislation that protects, impacts, regulates, and controls animals has been an integral part of the legal system since the very early days. However, the distinct field now known as “animal law” is a relatively new development. It brings together statutes and cases from multiple fields of law that consider, at their core, the interests of animals or the interests of humans with respect to animals.

The unique summer course in Animal Law takes place at one of Europe’s most renown universities in the charming student city of Aarhus, which offers the perfect mix of a small town charm and a cosmopolitan city. The course will give a comprehensive overview on the fundamental elements of the protection of animals in the legal system. After completion, participants will have a comprehension of how laws on animals work in this specific and novel material; i.e. how to acquire and apply critical knowledge for anyone interested in working as a lawyer or a consultant in the area.

Find full course description in the course catalogue.   


A two-part written exam. (on-site in Aarhus)

First part: 2 hour FLOWlock exam adressing four open questions covering the different subjects touched upon during the course. No exam aids and no internet is allowed.

Second part: 2 hour written exam consisting of a paper addressing one of several subjects suggested by the lecturers. All available materials (printed and stored on laptop) may be used, but access to the internet is not allowed.

The exam will be held on the last day of the course.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

A bachelor's degree in Law or related education.


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Langauge proficiency

You can read more about admission here


Sacha Lucassen


Sacha Lucassen is a fully qualified lawyer from Denmark and holds a Master’s Degree in Animal Law and Society from UAB. Currently Sacha is working for the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food in charge of implementation and enforcement on the protection of animals during transport.