AREL Animal Research Ethics & Law

AREL, the Summer School 2024 of the IBMB, will bring together reknown experts in Ethics and Law to discuss subjects related to the use of animals in research. Topics such as the 3Rs principle, animal welfare, animal law as well as laboratory research will be on the focus and informal moments between presentation will give participants the opportunity to exchange and connect.

Date: 30th of May 2024

Place: University of Basel, Switzerland

Room: Hörsaal 00.006,

Address: Missionstrasse 62a, 4055 Basel


Dr. Tatjana Višak (DE) University of Mannheim
Tatjana Višak is a philosopher specialising in ethics and political philosophy. Currently based in the Department of Philosophy and Business Ethics at the University of Mannheim, she is the author of the monographs Killing Happy Animals (2013, Palgrave Macmillan) and Capacity for Welfare Across Species (2023, Oxford University Press), and the editor, with the political theorist Robert Garner, of The Ethics of Killing Animals (2016, Oxford University Press). 

Dr. Nuno Henrique Franco (PT) University of Porto
Nuno Franco is a Researcher at the Laboratory Animal Science group, University of Porto. He has a background in both Science Education and Biology, with a 5-year degree in Biology and Geology Education and Teaching, and a 4-year degree in (Animal) Biology from the University of Trás-os-Montes-e-Alto-Douro. In 2013, he received the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year Award. His research interests include, among other things, scientists’ attitudes about the 3Rs and the ethics of animal research.

Dr.Soc.Sc. (Public Law) Anna Birgitta Wahlberg (FI) Åbo Akademi University
Lecturer in Public Law at Åbo Akademi University and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, and Law. Her interests are in fundamental animal rights as a de lege ferenda topic, and in animals and administrative control as a de lege lata topic. She is a co-founder and president of the Finnish Animal Rights Lawyers Society.

Dr. iur., LL.M. (Harvard) Charlotte Blattner (CH) University of Bern
Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Law, Institute of Public Law at the University of Bern. Her interest is in how the law regulates and mediates the relationship between governments and individual subjects, including the more-than-human subjects (animals, the environment, nature). She is a Member of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (KTVE) Bern


Rosa Maria Cajiga Morales & Christian Rodriguez Perez

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Morning program


Welcome and registration


Opening address
Dr. Prof. Bernice Elger - University of Basel


Comparing Harm Across Species
Dr. Tatjana Višak - University of Mannheim


Coffee break


Reformulating hypotheses, reframing research, reconsidering the 3Rs
Dr. Nuno Henrique Franco - i3S, University of Porto


The Law on animal research in theory and practice: lessons from Switzerland

Dr. Charlotte Blattner - University of Bern

Afternoon program


Lunch break

For invited participants: vegan lunch sponsored by the chair of Theoretical Philosophy of the University of Basel


What is Animal Law and what do we actually mean by research animal welfare?
Dr. Birgitta Wahlberg - Åbo Akademi University


Coffee break


Group workshop


Closing address and end of workshop
Rosa Maria Cajiga Morales & Christian Rodriguez Perez - University of Basel

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Refreshments and networking on campus