Diane Ryland: Animal Welfare Management

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Specification (TS) 34700
Animal welfare management – General requirements and guidance for organizations in the food supply chain, 01-12-2016 [ISO/TS 34700:2016(E)] has just been published, and is available at :


The drafting of this management tool has been the subject of negotiation in Working Group 16, prior to adoption by ISO Technical Committee 34 Food Products comprised of 78 Member Countries world wide. Diane Ryland, Senior Lecturer, Lincoln Law School, has attended and participated in three significant contributory Working Group 16 meetings held at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), 12 Rue de Prony, Paris, in May 2015, December 2015 and September 2016, respectively [The OIE having Observer Status].

Its purpose is to provide requirements and guidance so as to ensure the welfare of animals raised for food or feed production. A primary objective is to facilitate the implementation of the animal welfare principles as described in the introduction to the recommendation for animal welfare of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (TAHC) (Chapter 7.1.) Its provisions apply to those aspects for which a species-specific animal welfare chapter has been adopted in the OIE TAHC, currently beef cattle, broiler chicken, and dairy cattle, production systems, together with the chapters on slaughter and transportation of animals. The scope will be revised and extended commensurate with the adoption/amendment of OIE TAHC animal welfare provision. It is also anticipated that its use will provide guidance for the implementation of public and/or private standards that meet at least the OIE TAHC, facilitative, thus, of the integration of animal welfare principles in business to business relations.

It is a landmark document, which presents very many opportunities, one of which is to act as a bridge between the public and private sphere in the setting and monitoring of animal welfare standards. Working towards the implementation of the animal welfare standards of the OIE, which are embedded in science, will serve to establish a minimum floor of animal welfare protection, and be a determinant of market access for agri-produce. It is to be hoped that, while meeting at least the animal welfare standards of the OIE TAHC, the scope then to elevate standards of animal welfare by private animal welfare standards and certification bodies will be practised in a global market for added value agricultural produce raising the threshold of animal welfare protection. Animal welfare governance has evolved into a hybrid concept and it will be a very interesting exercise to see how this Technical Specification will be used.

Call for Papers: Migration Conference- 10 April 2017

Call for Papers: Spaces and Places of the Journey to the UK: Assessing the Legal Framework for People Fleeing Conflict

This conference is motivated by the plight of people fleeing conflict, attempting to reach Europe, and more specifically, the UK. How does the UK government govern (globally) for refugees and how should it govern for refugees? We invite engagement from theoretical, legal and empirical research into refugee journeys to the UK. From the plight of people affected by conflict, to refugee camps, perilous water crossings, the Jungle, UK Border Force and the process of seeking asylum on arrival in the UK (including UK detention centres). This conference will establish an evidence base to help practitioners and to highlight issues specific to the UK government in the current ‘crisis’.
We welcome papers from academic and practitioner colleagues in law and related disciplines that consider how law helps or hinders the journey of refugees and the protections that they are offered at key points of transition. We welcome academics at all stages of their career, including PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers.

Keynote Speaker
Professor Satvinder Juss (King’s College London): Refugee Law in an Age of violent revolutions

What is the role of refugee law in the world today? Should violent revolutionaries from blood-soaked struggles in the Middle East be excluded from refugee status even when they are at risk? Are they terrorists? If so, what does that mean for the purposes of refugee law? What role does international criminal law (“ICL”) play in the development of international refugee law (“IRL”)? Should the two regimes be kept separate because they serve separate purposes? Or, should ICL be used only to complement refugee law? Through a discussion of the latest case-law, this essay analyses the arrival of new terms in refugee law, such as “individual responsibility” , “individually responsible for the crime”, “otherwise participate in the commission of crimes” for the purposes of ‘crimes against humanity’ and determining acts ‘contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations’ which already appear in refugee law.

Call for Papers
All interested scholars and practitioners are invited to submit a paper to the conference on one of the following topics:
– The UK’s obligations under UK and International Law towards people fleeing conflict and at points of transition between countries or legal orders.
– The legal rules on the provision of humanitarian protection and assistance to people on the move and at points of transition.
– Humanitarianism v. the State: Migration as an issue of national security or human security.
– Law as a solution or as a cause of emergency migration, refugee flows and internal displacement.
– Analysis of the practicalities of the journey.
– Any other related area that a presenter feels fits within the discussion will be considered.

This conference is being organised jointly by the University of Lincoln and Birmingham City University. It will be hosted by the University of Lincoln. Abstracts and enquiries of no more than 300 words should be sent to Dr Christy Shucksmith (cshucksmith@lincoln.ac.uk) or Dr Scarlett McArdle (scarlett.mcardle@bcu.ac.uk) by Monday 20th February 2017.

Two Cases of Kidnap & False Imprisonment:Guest Lecture 8 December

Upcoming Lincoln Law School Guest Lecture- Thursday 8th December 6p.m.
Venue: DCB1101, David Chiddick Building
Shakeel Jamil

Two cases of kidnap and false imprisonment

Shakeel is a Higher Rights Advocate having qualified as both a barrister and a solicitor. He has extensive court experience and has dealt with cases including Murder, Rape, Burglary, Robbery, Kidnap, Blackmail, Drugs, Fraud, GBH and Indecent Exposure. This should be a very interesting talk about life in our trial courts. While it will be of particular interest to Criminal Law and Law of Evidence students all are welcome. The talk will be around 40 minutes with Q&A afterwards.

Nathan Cooper WaterNet Symposium in Gaborone


This week Nathan Cooper has been at the WaterNet Symposium in Gaborone, Botswana. The annual symposium is the largest event for water security and sustainability across the region, inviting water engineers, policy makers, NGOs and academics from Africa, Europe and the United States.

Nathan’s paper, ‘exploring the potential of smart water pumps to help meet SDG6′ looks at the challenges facing the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal on universal access to water and sanitation. It considers the role that new water technology is beginning to play in securing sustainable water access for people in remote rural locations, while asking what the implications may be for formal and traditional water governance, of such technological interventions. This work will form part of the symposium’s output report on Water and Society.

Dr Stephen Turner at World Health Organization


During the summer Dr Stephen Turner visited Geneva for meetings at the World Health Organisation. The ‘Environmental Rights’ project that he is undertaking in conjunction with a number of academics from around the world has many interlinkages with the right to health. The meetings provided an opportunity to learn more about related work being undertaken at the WHO and to build stronger inter-institutional connections.