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Professor Fitzgerald Conducts Animal Law Research During Fellowships in the United Kingdom

  Professor Fitzgerald with dog 
Professor Peter Fitzgerald with his golden retriever "Duncan" outside Cambridge University in October 2010.

With 800 years experience teaching law, Cambridge University is one of the world's preeminent centers for legal study, both within the United Kingdom and internationally. As far back as the 13th century, its graduates held the highest judicial positions in Europe - at the Rota at Avignon - and wrote the first known case reports in the common law tradition. More recently they've included not only a host of distinguished practitioners but also members of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the European Court of Justice, and the International Court of Justice.

Professor Peter Fitzgerald saw and participated in this tradition first hand, during the "Michaelmas" (Fall) 2010 Term, as a visiting fellow at Cambridge's Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Named for Sir Hersch Lauterpacht, who was a member of the International Court of Justice as well as a Cambridge professor, the Centre is a specialized institute within the Faculty of Law which promotes international law by a combination of individual and group research, and by publication of monographs and collections of primary materials such as the International Law Reports. Additionally, Professor Fitzgerald was also named a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, one of Cambridge University's 31 constituent residential colleges.

The Lauterpacht Centre attracts a select group of visiting scholars from all over the world. For example, during Professor Fitzgerald's time at Cambridge, other fellows included the director of the International Development Law Organization in Rome, a senior prosecutor from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague, a member of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Resolution Body, as well as post-doctoral researchers from six different countries.

In addition to conducting his own research for his forthcoming book, International Issues in Animal Law, Professor Fitzgerald also gave lectures at both the Lauterpacht Centre and at the internationally renowned University of Cambridge Veterinary School Centre for Animal Welfare and Anthrozoology on the impact of international trade law upon domestic animal welfare laws and regulations. "The opportunity to work with experts not only in the field of international law but also the top figures within the veterinary and animal welfare communities was invaluable for my research," Professor Fitzgerald said.

During the spring 2011 term, Professor Fitzgerald continued his sabbatical research project examining the impact of international economic law upon animal welfare regulation as a MacCormick fellow at the University of Edinburgh School of Law, where he previously taught as a Fulbright distinguished lecturer in 2003-2004. Professor Fitzgerald's book International Issues in Animal Law will be published in 2012.