Animals and the Anthropocene: A Legal Scholarship Symposium

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Please join the Animal Legal Education Initiative at The George Washington University Law School as they host its Inaugural Spring Symposium on March 24, 2023, titled: Animals and the Anthropocene: A Legal Scholarship Symposium. The Symposium will be co-hosted by the GW Law Environmental and Energy Law Program and the GW Law chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF). If you are interested in submitting a proposal to be a presenter or discussant, please click the button below.

Call for Proposals and Discussants

Anthropocene is the name for our current geological age in which human activity is the dominant factor impacting climate, the environment, and non-human animals. The goal of this Symposium is to provide space to consider scholarship that addresses what this means for nonhuman animals. We welcome applications to present works in progress or ideas in the development stage and from students as well as junior and seasoned scholars. We also encourage applications to participate as a Discussant for one or more papers.

The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2023, by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. The Program Committee will review all proposals received by this date and respond by January 30, 2023.

This Symposium is free and open to everyone interested in attending. It will take place primarily in person at GW Law School in Washington DC, with limited options to attend or present remotely. The in-person Symposium will feature all-vegan catering, including breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments at an evening reception.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Accommodation Information for Out-of-Town Participants

Out-of-town guests are invited to reserve at the State Plaza Hotel at a group rate of $239/night (for check-in on March 23, check-out on March 25) or at any of the other local hotels at their standard rates including: Watergate, Hive Hotel, Yours Truly, or the ARC Hotel.

To book the conference rate at State Plaza Hotel, please call 1-800-424-2859 or 202-861-8200 on or before February 23. You may also book the reservation at this link. Please reference the GW Law Animal Law Program Spring Symposium.

Symposium Schedule


Light Breakfast



8:30-9:30 am






9:30-9:45 am



Session 1



9:45-11 am

FCC and E412


Session 2



11 am-12:15 pm

FCC and E312





12:15-1:30 pm



Session 3



1:45-3 pm

FCC and B415


Session 4



3-4:15 pm

FCC and B415





4:15-6 pm