General information

The online AniLex program

September 2021 – March 2023

Online program on Animal Law
Consists of:
45 ECTS credits (9 courses in total)
Target audience:
Academics from various disciplines, practitioners in law and representatives from authorities involved in matters regarding animals and animal law
Language of instruction:  
Course specific registration
Open University at Åbo Akademi University

General information

The AniLex program is a new program on Animal Law provided as continuous learning by the Open University at Åbo Akademi University.

The program consists of 9 courses á 5 credits (ECTS). The students get a course certificate for a passed course. The credits of the courses in the program is in total 45 ECTS.

1 ECTS is 27 hours of work. One course is 135 hours of work and the courses are on going for five weeks one at a time. The time schedule you will find on the ‘Schedule’ page.

Åbo Akademi University students can study the subject as a minor by combining courses to the minimum of 25 ECTS.

The course schedule for the academic year 2023-2024 will be published here during spring 2023. Our aim is to provide again all basic courses in autumn 2023.  

Whom is the program for?

The program is mainly designed for university students and researchers from various disciplines, but also for practitioners in law and authorities involved in animal law issues and in other matters related to animals and law.

The outgoing point in the AniLex program is the Nordic and European law systems and jurisdiction. This mean that students from countries with common law system can also participate. We warmly welcome everyone regardless of background or education in law to optimize the learning process and reflections about the relation between humans and other animals in the context of law.

The courses will be held on the learning platform Moodle. All information concerning the course requirements and the teachers you will find at the beginning of every course on the course Moodle page.

The program is intended to be taken as a whole, but it is also possible to complete single courses.