Summer Course: Animal Rights

What is the best way to protect animals, and does it make sense to make them rights holders? And if so, are we profoundly altering the legal understanding of rights?

The debate about whether or not to recognise rights for animals is a highly topical one in the legal and political sphere. Traditionally, the concept of rights has been linked to human beings; however, in recent decades there has been growing concern for the maintenance of biodiversity and the care of our common home in a context of ecological crisis, climate change and the daily disappearance of species.

Dates: From July 1st to July 5th, 2024.

The Animal Rights Debate
The Animal Rights Debate

Why study this course?

  • You will become familiar with and familiarise yourself with this discussion by learning about the arguments of the main authors who have written on the subject.
  • You will be able to take an informed and well-founded position in this debate.
  • You will understand the thinking of authors and be able to critically position yourself in relation to them.
  • You will develop your own opinion and criteria with philosophical, ethical and legal arguments.

A diploma will be awarded by the University!


  • From anthropocentrism to biocentrism. Taking care of the common home. (0,2 ECTS)
  • Speciesism. Peter Singer's position. Abolitionism (0,2 ECTS)
  • The legal path: from Tom Regan to Martha Nussbaum. (0,2 ECTS)
  • The political turn in animal rights discourse: Donalson and Kymlicka and their critics. (0,2 ECTS)
  • Critical views about animal rights. The legal approach. (0,2 ECTS)
  • Legal situation in Europe and Spain. (0,2 ECTS)
  • An overview of animal jurisprudence. (0,2 ECTS)
  • Conclusion (0,1 ECTS)

Course description

  • Duration: 1 week.
  • Credits: 1,5 ECTS.
  • Languages: English.
  • Place: C/ Alberto Aguilera, 23, Madrid.
  • Requirements: Candidate profile and approach to a potential market: international law students who are currently studying law at Bachelor's or Master's level. The course may be of interest to a general audience. Previous qualification required to access the degree: undergraduate students, preferably in their second or third year. The course will be taught in English, so an official English language certificate of at least B2 is required.
  • Enrolment: to register, please contact(
  • Registration deadline: until June 1st.
  • Price: 300 Euros. Early Bird Discount until April 15th: 20% off the course price.


Comillas Pontifical University does not have its own accommodation, but offers alternative accommodation options for students of the university.

Comillas International

Monday to Thursday: from 9:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 17:00h. Friday: from 9:00 to 13:30h.

Monday to Friday: from 9:00 to 13:30h, during the months of June, July and August.