Carlos Contreras will defend the first Spanish doctoral thesis on animal law

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Carlos Contreras, member of the research group: Animals, Law and Society (SGR-GRE) of UAB, will defend the first Spanish doctoral thesis on animal law.

Friday 23rd of May 2014, at 10 AM, in the Sala de Actos of the Faculty of Law, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) the public reading of the following PhD thesis will take place: The Legal Status of Animals in Chile, Colombia, and Argentina (Proceedings, Codification, and Legislative Development), written by the graduate student Carlos Andrés Contreras López, under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela.

The following members will compose the thesis tribunal, nominated by the Commission for PhD Studies of the Postgraduate School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona:

President: Prof. Dr. José Javier de los Mozos Touya (University of Valladolid)

Secretary: Prof. Dr. David Strange Favre Michigan State University College of Law)

Vocal: Prof. Dr. Robert T. Hall (Autonomous University of Queretaro)

The doctoral thesis, which has been possible thanks to the funding of the I+D Project Animals, Law and Society: from Roman Law to Global Society of the Ministry for Economy and Competitiveness (DER 2010-2013), presents a study on the classification of animals things, from the Roman legal system to the Latin American legal systems. It analyses the legal concept of “thing”, with explicit reference to the classification of Gaius and Justinian. Furthermore, it specifically analyses the sources and ideas, which influenced the codification process in Latin-America and led to the diffusion of the Civil Codes at the end of the 19th century, with the objective to study the legal position of animals in within these codes. For this purpose the Colombian Civil Code 1887 and the two most important civil codes of Latin America, the Chilean Civil Code 1885 of Andres Bello and the Argentinean civil Code 1871 of Dalmacio Velez Sarsfield, are taken under exam. Completed the aforesaid study, the thesis investigates into depth the animal protection laws, which have been promulgated in these three countries, as well as the existing jurisprudence concerning this topic.

Carlos Contreras, lawyer of the Pontifical Xavierian University of Bogotá and law graduate of the University of the Basque Country, is also coordinator of the Master in Animal Law and Society, and member of the research group SGR-GRE: Animals, Law and Society, coordinated by Prof. Teresa Giménez-Candela.

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