We will be joined for our first substantive speaker session by Mr Mike Radford OBE from the University of Aberdeen. Mike is a leader in the animal law field and was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to animal welfare law. In 1992 Mike established the first course in animal welfare law to be offered by a law school in the UK and his book Animal Welfare Law in Britain: Regulation and Responsibility (2001) remains one of the most detailed books outlining animal welfare law in the UK. Mike has extensive experience of working with politicians, officials, NGOs, animal welfare scientists and veterinary surgeons in the development of policy and law. He has previously served as a trustee of the PDSA, a member of the RCVS Animal Welfare Science, Ethics, and Law Committee, the Companion Animal Welfare Council, the Dog Advisory Council, and was a founder member of the Animal Science, Ethics and Law Veterinary Association. Mike is presently a trustee of Dogs Trust, the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, the Humane Slaughter Association, and the UK Centre for Animal Law. 

Mike will give us a broad overview of the history of animal law in the UK and will discuss what he believes will be the future trends in the field. Mike will also discuss his experiences giving evidence before Parliament, in particular in relation to the recent Animals (Recognition of Sentience) Bill (not enacted) and the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill (now enacted as Wild Animals in Circuses Act 2019). 
 
This is set to be a fantastic session with one of the leading authorities in animal law in the UK and there will be plenty of time for Q&A and discussion after Mike’s presentation. 
 
Please join us for food and refreshments from 12pm. The presentation will start at approximately 12:15pm.