"International Law and Animal Protection: Persistent Themes, New Prospects for Change"

A Special Issue of the Global Journal of Animal Law

Guest Editors:

Kathy Hessler, Lewis and Clark Law School
Sophie Riley, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney
Joan Schaffner, The George Washington University Law School
Geoffrey Wandesforde-Smith, University of California, Davis

Journal Editor in Chief: Tero Kivinen, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki
Editorial Adviser: David Favre, College of Law, Michigan State University

Special Issue Overview: We have invited contributions to a special, online and open access issue of the Global Journal of Animal Law (GJAL) to appear “in print” beginning early in 2022. GJAL does not ask authors to pay article processing charges.

Accepted manuscripts explore efforts to develop, negotiate, adopt and implement international legal instruments that have as their principal purpose, or did when they were initially proposed, the improvement of animal wellbeing and protection on a global scale.

This has long been a subject of interest in the international legal community, especially among students of environmental and animal law. The interest has quickened in recent years as new proposals have been considered by, for example, the Global Animal Law Association, the American Bar Association, and the World Federation for Animals. It is now both timely and valuable to pull together what we already know about the contribution international legal instruments might make to the advancement of animal health and protection, and to explore prospects for change as well as challenges.

The special issue will focus on evaluations of and commentaries on proposals to adopt treaties, conventions and other types of agreements to protect animal health and welfare, whether for particular species or for wild and domestic animals much more generally. Ideally, the issue will also include analyses of how these proposals originated, how and by whom they were advocated, what the expectations were for their effective implementation, and whether those expectations eventuated.

Contributions have also been considered, however, if they explore and analyze closely related issues, such as the work and impact of international organizations, like the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), or the legal and policy reform agendas of major international animal welfare and protection NGOs.

Timing and Deadlines: Manuscripts were accepted and will be processed on a rolling basis. The last date for the submission of abstracts and outlines was August 1, 2021. Submissions are now closed.

The final deadline for the submission of full manuscripts is now set for February 1st, 2022.

Style and Format: GJAL requires authors to format their manuscripts according to the international style guidelines developed and published as the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA, 4th edition). See and

An important supplement on the citation of international legal materials is useful, because the fourth edition of the manual does not cover international law:

The formatting of citations to conform with the OSCOLA standard can be automated/facilitated with citation software, such as EndNote and Zotero. The latter piece of software is free.

Additional guidance to authors from GJAL on the submission of manuscripts is here

Length: Manuscripts will normally not be longer than 10,000 words. Exceptional requests for exemptions from this limit may be taken up with any one of the special issue Guest Editors.

Editorial Process and Direction: The Guest Editors will serve as handling editors for submitted manuscripts, dividing the manuscripts amongst them to share the workload of steering manuscripts through the online peer review process. Authors may nominate prospective peer reviewers for their manuscripts at the time of manuscript submission. Peer reviewers will be chosen, however, by the Guest Editors, subject only to review and approval by the GJAL editor in chief.

Questions and Contact: or one of the other Guest Editors

Revised November 2021.