The University of Chicago Student Animal Legal Defense Fund proudly presents the 3rd Annual Animal Law Week, generously supported by The McCormick Companions' Fund. On Wednesday, April 13th, 2011, Paul Waldau discussed how the phrase "animal rights" is used and understood around the world in the presentation: "Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs to Know." Mr. Waldau discusses this topic in his lastest book published in 2011, which is part of the Oxford University Press series "What Everyone Needs to Know."
Mr. Waldau is a scholar working at the intersection of animal studies, ethics, religion, law and cultural studies. He is currently President of the Religion and Animals Institute. From 2004 through 2008, he was the Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, Mr. Waldau directed the Center’s Master of Science innovative graduate program in human-animal studies. Mr. Waldau is the author or editor of four books with two more about to be published. He taught ethics courses at the veterinary school for ten years, and in 2012 will again serve as the Barker Lecturer in Animal Law at Harvard Law School. He is also the co-founder of the Animals and Religion Consultation at the American Academy of Religion and a consultant for many institutes and groups interested in animal protection issues. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School, and a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University in Religious Studies.