Dr Darren Calley

Senior Lecturer
Essex Law School
Dr Darren Calley
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    +44 (0) 1206 872661

  • Location

    5S.6.16, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Thursday 14:00 ? 16:00 (Autumn Term) Tuesday 14:00 ? 16:00 (Spring Term)



Darren joined the LawSchool in 1999 as an undergraduate student, graduating in 2002, and was awarded his PhD in 2009. Following his appointmentas aLecturer in 2007 Darren became Module Director of Tort and in 2011 helaunched the highly successful'Animal Welfare & Wildlife Law'. Darren also teaches on the Public International Law and Foundations of the Law of Obligations undergraduate modules. Darren is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, a Fellow of the European Group for Animal Law Studies a member of the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • LLB (Hons) Essex, 2002

  • PhD, Essex, 2009

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Animal Welfare Law

Environmental Law

Public International Law

Current research

Research into the use of tradeembargosin the fight against animal cruelty and the manner in which recent Canadian Fur Seals litigation (WTO and ECJ)has reinforced my previous research into the legality of trade measures

A reappraisal of utilitarianism as thelegal basis for animal protection: framing animallaws as rights-conferring legislation

The new Animals (Scientific Procedures) Actandtherequirement that animals have valuesbeyond being test subjects

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Tort Law (LW201)

  • Animal Protection and Wildlife Law (LW229)

  • Legal Research Skills (LW254)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • French Private Law II (LW208)

Previous supervision

Carla Faye Brown
Carla Faye Brown
Thesis title: The History and Future of the Duty of Care for Animals in Criminal Law
Degree subject: Law
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 25/7/2022
Elizabeth Charlotte Tyson
Elizabeth Charlotte Tyson
Thesis title: Examining the Application and Efficacy of Licensing Regimes as a Means to Regulate the Use of Animals
Degree subject: Law
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 26/10/2018
Alexander Wilk
Alexander Wilk
Thesis title: Blue Gold the Utilisation of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System in Light of Islamic Norms and its Impact on the Emerging Law of Transboundary Fossil Aquifers
Degree subject: Law
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 7/7/2017


Journal articles (3)

Calley, D., (2017). The Aggregation of Suffering in the Regulatory Context: Scientific Experimentation, Animals and Intrinsic Value. Journal of Animal Ethics. 7 (1), 1-30

Calley, D., (2011). Developing a common law of animal welfare: offences against animals and offences against persons compared. Crime, Law and Social Change. 55 (5), 421-436

Calley, D., (2008). The Use of Non-Domesticated Animals in Travelling Circuses. The Journal of Animal Welfare Law

Book chapters (4)

Calley, D., (2018). Human Duties, Animal Suffering, and Animal Rights: A Legal Re-evaluation. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics. Editors: Linzey, A. and Linzey, C., . Palgrave Macmillan. 395- 417. 978-1-137-36671-9

Hulme, K., Ong, D. and Calley, D., (2016). New Maritime Security Threats. In: The IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law Volume III: Marine Environmental Law and International Maritime Security Law. Editors: Attard, D., Fitzmaurice, M., Martinez, N. and Hamza, R., . Oxford University Press (OUP). 9780199683949

Calley, DS., (2013). The international regulation of the food market: precedents and challenges. In: The ethics of consumption. Wageningen Academic Publishers. 64- 70. 9789086862313

Calley, D., (2013). Transitional States and the Flag of Convenience Fishing Industry. In: Corporate Accountability in the Context of Transitional Justice. Editors: Michalowski, S., . Routledge. 9780415524902

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5S.6.16, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Thursday 14:00 ? 16:00 (Autumn Term) Tuesday 14:00 ? 16:00 (Spring Term)