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Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultät Vortragsreihe Würde der Kreatur

Speaker Biographies

 Gieri Bolliger is doctor of law and attorney at law. He finished his studies at the Universitiy of Zurich in 1994 and received his PhD in 2000 with his "summa cum laude"-awarded thesis on European Animal Welfare Law ("Europäisches Tierschutzrecht – Tierschutzbestimmungen des Europarats und der Europäischen Union"). He got his admission to Zurich bar in 2003. Since 2005, he holds a teaching assignment on animal welfare law at the University of Zurich. Since 2000 he works for the Foundation for the Animal in the Law (Stiftung für das Tier im Recht, TIR) in Zurich – a Swiss animal welfare organisation which focusses on legal and ethical aspects –, first as a research associate, since 2007 as executive director. As editor, author and co-author, Gieri Bolliger has published numerous books in the field of animal welfare law, amongst others "Das Tier im Recht – 99 Facetten zur Mensch-Tier-Beziehung von A bis Z" (2003), "Tier im Recht transparent" (2008), "Psychologische Aspekte zum Tier im Recht" (2011), "Schweizer Tierschutzstrafrecht in Theorie und Praxis" (2011) and "Sexualität mit Tieren (Zoophilie) – eine rechtliche Betrachtung" (2011). Furthermore, he has authored several studies and about 80 articles on Swiss and international animal welfare law. Gieri Bolliger is a frequent speaker at congresses on issues of animal welfare law. From 1999 to 2009, he was a member and animal welfare deputy in the animal experiment committee of the canton of Zurich. Since 2011 he is a member of the committee of animal welfare of the canton of Zurich.
 Tanja Domej is Professor of Civil Procedure, Enforcement and Insolvency Law, Private Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Zurich. She studied law at the University of Vienna, where she also obtained her doctorate in 2005. Subsequently, she was a senior research and teaching associate in private law and civil procedure at the University of Zurich. She obtained her Habilitation in 2011 on the basis of her post-doctoral thesis on problems of cross-border debt enforcement. Before being appointed to her chair at the University of Zurich, she was a substitute professor at the University of Halle Wittenberg (Germany) and a guest lecturer at Uppsala University (Sweden). She has published numerous books and articles, mainly in the field of national and international civil procedure and private law.
 David Favre is a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law. Professor Favre has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights (2nd ed.), Animal Law and Dog Behavior and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He created and is editor-in-chief of the largest animal legal web resource, Now residing on a farm in lower Michigan, Professor Favre shares his space with sheep, chicken and the usual dogs and cats. He was a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund for 22 years. Presently he is the Legislative Chair of the ABA/TIPS Committee on Animal Law.
  Pamela Frasch is the assistant dean of the animal law program and executive director of the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. CALS was established in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund and is an academic program with a focus on research, scholarship, and experiential education in animal law. In her dual role, Dean Frasch supports and works to develop all the various components of the program including teaching, writing, speaking, competitions, the Animal Law Review, the conference and the Student ALDF group (SALDF). Previously, Dean Frasch was general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and in 1996, she created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide. In addition to her duties with CALS, Dean Frasch is co-editor of the first casebook in the field, Animal Law, Cases and Materials now in its fourth edition (Carolina Academic Press, 2010), and co-author of Animal Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West, 2010). She has taught survey and advanced courses in animal law at Lewis & Clark Law School since 1998 and co-authored (with Professor Kathy Hessler and Megan Senatori) the amicus brief submitted in the U.S. v. Stevens case on behalf of 45 law professors who teach animal law. Dean Frasch is a frequent speaker on issues of animal law and is the principal author of Oregon’s first felony anti-cruelty law. She has authored or co-authored many articles and book chapters in the field, and has been recognized by the Humane Society of the United States and the Oregon Humane Society for her contributions.
  Kathy Hessler is a clinical professor of law and director of the only animal law clinic in the country. She is the first faculty member hired to teach animal law full time in a law school. She received her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated with a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Prior to teaching at Lewis & Clark, Professor Hessler taught in clinical programs at Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cornell Law School, the University of Dayton Law School, the Capital University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center. She has been an animal activist and vegan since the late 1980's. She has been an advisor to the journal Animal Law since 1998, and is currently a SALDF faculty advisor. She coaches the animal moot court teams, and has been teaching Animal Law directly since 2001 and as a part of nonviolence courses beginning in 1989. She was a board member with ALDF and helped found the Animal Law Committee of the Cuyahoga County Bar. She was the chair and a founder of the Animal Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She co-authored (with Pamela Frasch and Megan Senatori) the amicus brief submitted in the U.S. v. Stevens case, on behalf of 45 law professors who teach animal law. She co-authored Animal Law in a Nutshell (with Pamela Frasch, Sarah Kutil and Sonia Waisman) and has written numerous other law review and other articles and she is co-authoring two new books on animal law. Professor Hessler lectures widely on animal law and animal law education issues in the US and beyond.
 Christine M. Korsgaard received her B.A. at the University of Illinois in 1974; her PhD at Harvard in 1981; and an LHD at the University of Illinois in 2004. She has held positions at Yale, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago. She works on moral philosophy and its history, practical reason, agency, personal identity, and human/animal relations. She is the author of four books. The Sources of Normativity (Cambridge 1996), an expanded version of her 1992 Tanner Lectures, examines the history of ideas about the foundations of obligation in modern moral philosophy and presents an account of her own. Creating the Kingdom of Ends (Cambridge 1996) is a collection of her essays on Kant's Ethics and Kantian Ethics. The Constitution of Agency (Oxford, 2008), is a collection of her recent papers on practical reason and moral psychology. And Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity, (Oxford, 2009) is a book about the foundation of morality in the nature of agency. She is also one of the editors of Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls (Cambridge 1997). In recent years she has taught courses on Kant's Ethical Theory, the History of Modern Moral Philosophy, Contemporary Ethical Theory, Practical Reason, and Action.
 Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, where he has taught since 1998. His research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural societies. He has published eight books and over 200 articles, which have been translated into 32 languages. He is married to the author Sue Donaldson, with whom he has recently co-authored a book on animal rights.
 Eva Maria Maier is professor of Legal Philosophy at the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna. She has studied law, philosophy and theology at the University of Vienna, where she completed her law studies with the PhD. 1995 she finished her “Habilitation” on Legal Philosophy and Law of Religion about “Teleology and Political Reason. The Development of Republicanism in the Work of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas”. Her interests have since broadened in a variety of directions. Her current research is concerned e. g. with political philosophy, animal ethics, theoretical questions of terrorism and penal law, and poverty research. She has published a book and a number of articles about animal ethics, animals’ rights (including the debate on the “Great Ape Project”) and animal protection law, focussing on the ethical problems of industrial farm animal production and the challenge of putting forward a paradigm shift in the moral and legal status of animals.
 Jean-Pierre Marguénaud is Associate Professor of Private Law and Criminal Sciences at the University of Limoges, France. He is the author of "L’animal en droit privé" (PUF 1992), "L’expérimentation animale entre droit et liberté" (Quae 2011), "La Cour européenne des droits de l'Homme" (fifth edition 2010, Dalloz) and Co-Author of "Grands arrêts de la Cour européenne des Droits de l'Homme" (PUF 2011, sixth edition). Jean-Pierre Marguénaud is Co-Director of the "Dictionnaire des Droits de l'Homme" (2008 PUF) and Co-Author of the "projet de convention relative au statut international des déplacés environnementaux". In 2009, he founded the "Revue semestrielle de droit animalier". He is Chroniqueur of the "Revue trimestielle de droit civil" (since 1996), of the "Revue de science criminelle et de droit pénal comparé" (since 2008), of the "Revue des contrats" (since 2009) and of the "Revue juridique de l'environnement" (since 2010). He is Ph.D. supervisor of 24 thesis including 15 qualified by the CNU (April 30, 2011)
 Anne Peters is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Basel, a position she has held since 2001. In 2009, she was a visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris. In the academic year 2004/05 she was Dean and since 2008 she has been Dean of Research of the Law Faculty in Basel. Prior to taking up the tenured post she was Assistant Professor at the Walther-Schücking-Institute of Public International Law at the Christian Albrechts University Kiel, where she obtained the Habilitation-qualification on the basis of her Habilitation-Thesis “Elemente einer Theorie der Verfassung Europas” (Elements of a Theory of the Constitution of Europe). Born in Berlin in 1964, Anne Peters studied Law, Modern Greek and Spanish at the Universities of Würzburg, Lausanne, and Freiburg im Breisgau and pursued post-graduate studies at Harvard Law School. She was a fellow of the National Scholarship Foundation of the German People (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and was awarded the prize from the Scientific Society at Freiburg im Breisgau for her doctoral dissertation on territorial referendums in international law in 1995. Her research activities cover the field of general public international law, especially its constitutionalization, European constitutional law, constitutional theory and constitutional comparison and national and international human rights. She has published extensively on questions of supranational global governance and global constitutionalism. Since 2004, Anne Peters has been a member of the executive board of the European Society of International Law and was elected president in 2010. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the European Journal of International Law, of the Swiss National Research Council and of the advisory board of the Social Science Research Center Berlin.
 Klaus Peter Rippe More information on Professor Rippe will follow soon.
 Raj Panjwani received a Master’s Degree in English Literature and Law in 1976 from University of Bhopal and is a practicising lawyer of the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi since 1976. He was designated as a Senior Counsel in 2009. He has been specialising in animal protection and environmental issues and legislation since the late 1980s and is appointed as member to the following committees: gh-powered Committee for the implementation of laws pertaining to Wildlife (Delhi High Court); Committee on the Delhi Slaughter House (Delhi High Court); Committee on Stray Animals in Urban Areas (Delhi High Court); Committee for checking trade in Wildlife articles (Delhi High Court); Committee on the Conditions of Animals housed in Bombay Victoria Zoo (Bombay High Court); Committee for Implementation of Animal Welfare Laws in Maharashtra (Bombay High Court); Committee for updating and amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (Animal Welfare Board of India); Labeling Committee (Government of India); Committee for Prevention of Cruelty and Supervision of Experiments on Animals, (Govt. of India). Raj Panjwani is the author of ‘Courting Wildlife’ (WWF India, Delhi 1994), co-author of Animal Laws of India, Universal Publishing Company, Delhi (1996) currently in its third edition and editor and co-author of Wildlife Laws: A Global Perspective, (American Bar Association, 2008). He was nominated by the University of New South Wales and Voiceless as the UNSW 2008 Guest Speaker on Animal Laws and delivered Public Law Lectures at: the University of NSW; the University of Sydney; James Cook University, Townsville; Cairns University; Bond University, Gold Coast; Monash University, Melbourne; Flinders University, Adelaide and the University of Auckland, NZ. In 2008 he was invited by the George Washington University, Law School to deliver a Public Law Lecture and again in 2009 to be on the panel for animal welfare laws. In 2002 and again in 2009, he was awarded a Citation by the Supreme Court of India Bar Association for “Adding Knowledge to the Practice of Law.” In 2008 awarded the Excellence in Animal Law Award by the American Bar Association. Awarded a Citation in 2009 by the Bombay Humane Society for contribution to Animal Law. Currently, he holds the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.
 Beat Sitter-Liver served as a professor of practical philosophy at the University of Fribourg (until 2006). He lectured at the University of Berne, was a visiting professor at the Ludwig Maximilian's University of Munich, and teaching at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zürich), the universities of Lucerne and Basel. Main fields of research are general and applied ethics (various domains), philosophy of nature and ecophilosopy, cultural sciences (humanities), natural law and philosophy of law. Doctor honoris causa (social sciences) of the University of Lausanne, Member of the Swiss Federal Ethics Committee of Non-Human Biotechnology ECNH; Honorary member of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences; member and senator of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
 Kristen Stilt is an Associate Professor of Law and History at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her PhD in Islamic History is from Harvard University and her J.D. is from The University of Texas. Her first book, Islamic Law in Action: Authority, Discretion, and Everyday Experiences in Mamluk Egypt, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. She is a founding member and current board member of the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals. One of her current book projects is a history of the Egyptian animal welfare/rights movement; the second is a study of the development of Islamic constitutionalism. In 2011-12, she was a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard Law School.