Preparation of a legal commentary on the Swiss Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
Animal welfare law is relevant to many areas of life and various industries and is therefore of great practical importance. The effectiveness of the regulations depends primarily on their actual implementation. In general, the competent authorities rely on legal commentaries when applying the relevant provisions. However, unlike in most other fields of law, no commentary has yet been published on the Swiss Animal Welfare Act (AWA) of 2008. There is therefore urgent need to provide the authorities with a tool to ensure that animal welfare legislation is implemented consistently and in line with its purpose. Legal commentaries are also of utmost importance for legal doctrine and research. The demand for a legal commentary that covers the animal welfare legislation is therefore evident.
For this reason, the Stiftung für das Tier im Recht (TIR) is working together with further experts to write the first comprehensive commentary on the AWA. The approximately 500-page document is scheduled to be published by Schulthess Verlag, a renowned Swiss publishing house, no later than 2019. The commentary will be co-published by TIR, Prof. Dr. iur. Margot Michel, and Prof. Dr. iur. Daniel Jositsch, with TIR being responsible for overall coordination, fine-tuning and editing. The 25 leading Swiss experts in the field of animal welfare law have been recruited to comment the individual provisions.
The commentary is aimed primarily at a specialist audience, particularly the authorities responsible for the enforcement of animal welfare law, namely administrative, prosecution, and veterinary authorities as well as the courts and, of course, at lawyers, students, and PhD students. It is intended to provide all interested parties with a quick overview of the subject matter and with answers to the legal questions being assessed. By clarifying vague legal terms and comprehensively incorporating doctrine and jurisprudence, the aim is to promote uniform application of the law and at the same time provide legal certainty. In summary, the commentary on the AWA is intended to serve as an indispensable standard reference work which the competent authorities can rely on as a first reference for the application of the law and which also provides a basis for legal doctrine and research in the further development of animal welfare law.
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