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Saskia Stucki Visiting Scholar

Saskia Stucki was a Visiting Scholar at the Animal Law & Policy Program from 2018-2020. She is Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (since 2016) and recipient of an Advanced Postdoc Mobility Scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2018–2020). Previously, she was the coordinator of the unique “Law and Animals” Doctoral Program at the University of Basel Law School (2012–2016).

Saskia studied law at the University of Basel (2006-2011), where she also obtained her doctorate in 2015 (summa cum laude). The resulting book on ʻFundamental Rights for Animalsʼ received four awards, among them the biennial award of the Swiss Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy.

Her main research interests are animal law and ethics; animal rights and personhood; comparative animal welfare law; legal theory and philosophy (especially of rights, personhood and human rights); feminist legal theory; constitutional law and constitutional review; and the relationship between national and international law.

During her visiting fellowship at Harvard Law School, she will be working on a “Trilogy on a Legal Theory of Animal Rights” – a research project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The overarching goal of this project is to develop a novel and comprehensive legal theory of animal rights. By rethinking the idea of animal rights through legal methodology and theories, it aims to furnish a coherent conceptual vocabulary for discussions of legal animal rights. As legally recognized animal rights have recently begun to emerge and materialize in case law, theorizing the conceptual foundations of legal animal rights has become particularly important at this point in time.