Iyan Offor joined the centre in September 2017 as a PhD researcher and JARA scholar with funding from the University of Strathclyde and Eurogroup for Animals.
Iyan’s research focuses upon Global Animal Law, International Trade Law, and critical approaches to anthropocentrism in law. These approaches centre upon global governance based on concepts of wild law, earth jurisprudence, and animal rights. Iyan’s research hypothesises that international trade negatively impacts upon animal welfare in a way that is not rectifiable by international trade law. Iyan posits Global Animal Law as a potential alternative or counterforce to international trade law, capable of remedying the negative impact of trade on animal welfare. Iyan is building upon previous research into the chilling effect of World Trade Organisation law on animal welfare regulation in the EU. This research was conducted as a LL.M. by research programme under the supervision of Mike Radford (OBE) at the University of Aberdeen.
Eurogroup for Animals is a Brussels-based umbrella NGO with membership including the likes of the RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming. Iyan joined Eurogroup for Animals upon the formation of its Trade & Animal Welfare Project at the beginning of 2016, first as an intern, then as a Project Officer for International Trade, and now as an Associate Researcher.
Iyan’s most recent activities include:
- Publishing an article in the Global Trade and Customs Journal and in the UK Journal of Animal Law on the permissibility of restricting trade in order to protect animal welfare;
- Organising a roundtable debate with Cecilia Malmström (European Commissioner for Trade) and Sirpa Pietikäinen (President of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Animal Welfare and Conservation) to address the treatment of animal welfare in bilateral EU free trade agreements in October 2017;
- Guest blogging for the Trade Policy Observatory on Brexit, post-Brexit trade, and animal welfare;
- Writing a proposed chapter on trade and animal welfare as an alternative to the current treatment of animals in EU free trade agreements (forthcoming, 2017);
- Co-writing a course handbook with Stéphanie Ghislain (Trade & Animal Welfare Project Leader, Eurogroup for Animals) as the basis for a short course on trade and animal welfare offered to Eurogroup for Animals’ membership;
- Blogging on issues of trade and animal welfare in European bilateral trade policy (eg TTIP and CETA) with the goal of further engaging civil society in the development of knowledge about these topics;
- Providing research assistance to the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law on oil spill response and preparedness in ASEAN.
Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, Iyan obtained an LL.B. from the University of Edinburgh, with an exchange year at the National University of Singapore. He focused his studies on environmental law and governance, international trade law, and transboundary criminal law. He wrote his undergraduate thesis on transboundary wildlife crime, police enforcement cooperation and terrestrial hot pursuit. He also gained an LL.M. with distinction for his research at the University of Aberdeen.
Iyan is a student member of the UK based Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare. He is a member of the EU Enforcement Network of Animal Welfare Lawyers and Commissioners and is listed as an expert on the website for the Global Animal Law Project.