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Sophie Riley

Sophie Riley

Sophie Riley is an associate professor in the faculty of law at the University of Technology Sydney. Her teaching and research interests focus on environmental law, animal law, and environmental ethics. She is the lead editor of the Animal Law Case Book, written by UTS students of Animal Law and Policy, which is freely available in the public domain. Sophie also occupies a number of important positions in the animal law field including: as a member of GAL, the Global Animal Law expert group; a member of the grant award panel for Voiceless, the Animal Protection Institute; a member of the Animal Research Review Panel, a government body that oversees Animal Ethics Committees in New South Wales; and also, as the Vice-President of AALTRA Inc. (The Australasian Animal Law Teachers’ and Researchers’ Association). 

Sophie Riley reviews 'Guilty Pigs: The weird and wonderful history of animal law' by Katy Barnett and Jeremy Gans

May 2022, no. 442 23 April 2022
The title of this book, Guilty Pigs, is a reference to the medieval practice of bringing animals and insects to trial and/or punishing them for their conduct, such as killing humans, or destroying orchards, crops, and vineyards, or, in one case, chewing the records of ecclesiastical proceedings. The behaviour of the animal or insect determined whether proceedings were brought in secular or ecclesi ... (read more)