sunday 16 december

18.00 - 19:30:     Registration and Welcome Reception - Level 3, Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai

monday 17 december

8.00 - 8.30:          Registration, Ballroom, Level 2, Le Meridien Hotel

8.30 - 8.40:          Opening Remarks

8.40 - 9.00:          Official Welcome

9.00 - 10.30:        Session 1 | Animals and the Law - Setting the Scene

Matthew Baird (AUS) – How the law has failed animals – Grey Nurse Sharks and Kangaroo Culling.

Irene Lye Lin Heng – (Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law)(Singapore) – ‘Cultural, Religious and Ethical Perspectives on the Protection of Wild Animals’

I-Ning Tsai (Industrial Technology Research Institute) (Taiwan) – ‘The Legal Protection of Performing Animals in Taiwan: Resolving Human - Performing Animals Conflict’

10.30 - 11.00:      Morning Tea Break

11.00 - 12.30:      Session 2 | Animals and Humans

Lev Bromberg (Melbourne University) (Australia) – ‘A new Independent Office of Animal Welfare in Australia’

Mark Perry and Lillian Corbin (UNE) (Australia) – ‘Technological solutions in animal farming: Ethical and legal issues in adoption’

Iyan Offor (Strathclyde University) (UK) – ‘The Influence of International Trade on the Emergence of Global Animal Law’

12.30 - 13.30:      Lunch

13.30 - 15.00:      Session 3 | Illegal Wildlife Trade and Animal Protection in ASEAN and beyond                    - Part 1

Karanvir Kukreja (World Animal Protection) (Thailand) – Ending the bear bile industry in Asia: Possible steps in saying goodbye to unnecessary cruelty in South Korea’

Angad Keith (University of Melbourne) (Australia) – Hunting for Efficacy: A Critical Evaluation of International Responses to Wildlife Trafficking in the African Great Lakes Region’

Pham Thanh Nga (Kopica Law Firm) (Vietnam) – The Vietnam legal system on the protection of wild animals

15.00 - 15.30:      Afternoon Tea Break

15.30 - 17.00:      Session 4 | Protecting ASEAN Elephants - Part I

Chacrit Sitdhiwej (Thammasat University) (Thailand) – ‘Development of laws protecting elephants in Thailand prior to the introduction of modern wildlife and biodiversity protection laws’

Nuthamon Kongcharoen (Chiang Mai University) (Thailand) – Drafting Thailand’s Elephant Law

Sallie Yang (USAID Wildlife Asia)(Thailand) – ‘The Elephant in the Room:Demystifying Thailand’s Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks on Elephant Protection and Conservation’

17.00 - 17.15:      Consideration of Declaration on Animals in ASEAN



tuesday 18 december

8.55 - 9.00:          Introduction to Day 2

9.00 - 10.30:        Session 5 | Illegal Wildlife Trade and Animal Protection in ASEAN and beyond - Part II

Eliah Castiello (Australia) – ‘No good deed should go unflourished: Bringing Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment to the issue of animal trafficking’

Martin Morgan-Taylor (De Montfort University) (UK) and Pedithep Youyuenyong (Chiang Mai University) (Thailand) – ‘Regulating light pollution in the nocturnal environment in the European Context’

Chanokporn Sumanasrethakul (Thailand) – ‘The Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Thailand’

10.30 - 11.00:      Morning Tea Break

11.00 - 12.45:      Session 6 | Animals in Tourism and Trade

Nuggehalli Jayasimha (Humane Society) (India) – ‘Enacting legislation to end intensive confinement of egg laying hens’

Dr Jeffrey Hobbs and Dr Piengpen Na Pattalung (Phuket Rajabhat University) (Thailand) – ‘Elephants and Tigers and Dolphins! Oh My! A Case Study of the Narratives Presented at Animal Tourist Attractions in Phuket, Thailand’

Jason Anom (Horwath HTL) (Malaysia) – ‘Wildlife, tourism and dollar signs: A study of conservation and commodification in three Malaysian marine parks’

Amanda Kennedy (UNE) (Australia) – ‘Closing the loophole: Animal testing for cosmetics in China’

12.45 - 13.45:      Lunch

13.45 - 15:15:      Session 7 | Protecting ASEAN Elephants - Part II

John Koldowski (Leishan Normal University) (China), Eric Laws (Siam University) (Thailand), and Noel Scott (Griffith University) (Australia) – ‘The need for integrated elephant research’

Khin Thandar (Myanmar) – the Myanmar Elephant Strategy and Action Plan

John Roberts - Asian Captive Elephant Working Group - Key Findings on Captive and Working Elephants

15.15 - 15.45:     Afternoon Tea Break

15.45 - 16.45:      Session 8 | Future of Animals in ASEAN – solutions and recommendations

Moderated plenary discussion

16.45 - 17.00:      Closing Session


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