The Animal & Law Chair was established on 1 October 2018 thanks to private funding. Consult the University Fund web page for more information about private research funding.

The chair is associated with the Personal Rights and Property Rights research group. The chairholder is prof. dr. Frederik Swennen and the academic coordinator is dr. Johan Van de Voorde


The objective of the chair is twofold:

  • to develop animal dignity as a legal principle against which human actions and failings in relation to animals can be judged; and
  • to encourage societal debate from a scientific perspective to raise awareness of the concept of animal dignity.