We host many events online and in person to give our members a chance to socialise, get to know each other, and present their research. Since 2020, our events have been predominantly online, offering accessibility for people all over the world.
There are friendly monthly Research Discussion Groups on different days of the week and at different times. These enable presentations of ideas or work; editing; training, and collaboration. The GRN has supported many academics through the process of producing peer-review quality work, with members publishing both within and outside of the organisation.
WE HAVE HELD
Protecting Animals and Humans in International Natural Disasters
This is a round table convened by Altamush Saeed in the Programme on Animals & Biodiversity, to be held online in September 2024. Sign up to our newsletter to receive early bird invitations!
The Impact of AI On Research
Our Digital Culture, Finance & Ecological Sustainability Programme team is leading our whole-of-Think Tank event, to be held in May 2024. We will be welcoming experts and academics to this discussion which will be hosted by one of our partner universities.
World Moot on Public International Law and Animal Rights
The GRN is an international host for the world's first mooting competition on animal rights law, held at a number of partner universities acting as regional hosts. Sign up to our newsletter to receive updates.
The “Animals in Wars & Disasters” symposium aims to address the plight and the inconsistencies in the prevention, protection, and rescue of non-human animals from wars, and natural and anthropogenic disasters. Untold numbers of them go unseen in these tragedies, while so many lives and communities perish in silenced suffering. International humanitarian law still ignores wild animal communities and their habitats, as well as the diverse categories of domestic animals, that need to be spared from hostilities. In the meantime, the international community as a whole does not yet seem ready to respond to the urgency of the accelerating and intensifying climate crisis that directly threatens wild animals and their habitats first and foremost, while not sparing domesticated animals trapped in most production systems.
This symposium’s objective is to critically learn from past cases and apply current knowledge to better respond to the challenges of the present, which continues to show us that war is not behind us, and of the future, which climate issues are more pressing than ever. The interests of other animals, as sentient beings, and their subjective experience must be considered at all times and reflected in policies dealing with their protection from warfare and disasters. This two-day event will showcase international research related to Animals in Wars & Disasters via live presentations in both English and Spanish and related discussions. We aim to make a live interpretation available during the event and will apply subtitles to the recordings, publicly accessible for replay on the Global Research Network’s YouTube channel.
With the COVID-19 death toll approaching three million in March of 2021, twenty-five heads of state echoed the World Health Organisation’s call for a global pandemic treaty. With the majority of the world’s focus since being dedicated to pandemic preparedness and response, insufficient attention has been paid to our ability to prevent pandemics in the first place.
Like Ebola, HIV-AIDS, Nipah Virus, SARS, and others, COVID-19 spilt over from animals to humans, with our high-risk contact with, if not mistreatment of, animals lying at the heart of each of these zoonotic disease outbreaks. As such, without a global agreement to regulate our interaction with animals, a repeat of the current pandemic is simply a matter of time.
Join this panel of attorneys and academics as they discuss how a newly proposed treaty, the Convention on Animal Protection for Public Health, Animal Welfare, and the Environment (CAP), not only holds the promise of being humanity’s first and best line of defence against future pandemics by creating a universal platform for animal protection but would also recognise that animals, as sentient beings, deserve to have their well-being accounted for.
The increasingly widely established discipline of Animal Rights Law is often discussed from an Anglo-American perspective. It is crucial to move beyond this state of affairs towards more diversity, knowledge transmission, and exchange of ideas. With the support of our partners ACTAsia and The Institute of Animal Law Asia, the Animals and Biodiversity Think Tank Programme is hosting a roundtable discussion.
The aim of this Roundtable is to open the floor to Animal Law scholars who have experience of the Asian context to enrich and diversify the debate on the legal status of animals and their potential accession to legal personhood (by judicial or legislative means), with a regional and global vision.
Experts from various Asian countries will highlight the current legal status of animals in their respective jurisdictions and discuss what animal legal personhood could look like in practice. The focus of this event will be on discussion and intellectual exchange.
Key topics include the current legal status of animals in various jurisdictions, ongoing debates about the status of animals as persons or property, advantages and disadvantages of granting animals legal personhood, and the potential basis for an evolution of their legal status (history, culture, religion, philosophy, legal tradition, etc.)
The 1st Annual Roundtable organised by the International Trade, Investment and Corporate Governance Think Tank programme at the Global Research Network will address Digital Poverty and Cashless Societies, with guest speakers Chantal Maritz & Alexander Stingl.
Our guest speakers will discuss how the pandemic has accelerated the move towards a more digitally-centred world, its impact on digital poverty and the ways in which tech companies can play a positive role. This event is organised by Dr Wael Saghir and hosted by Dr Dimitrios Kafternais and Ibukun Lyiola-Omisore.
For information about our speakers, itinerary and organisation, please download the event programme here (PDF).