Saskia Stucki



Dr Saskia Stucki is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg). In 2018/19, she was a visiting researcher at the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Program, where she worked on her postdoctoral research project “Trilogy on a Legal Theory of Animal Rights” (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation). She studied law at the University of Basel, where she also obtained her doctoral degree in 2015. The resulting book on “Fundamental Rights for Animals” (2016) received four awards, among them the biennial award of the Swiss Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Her research interests include animal law and ethics, legal personhood and rights theories, human rights philosophy, international humanitarian law, and environmental law.

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The Elephant in the (Court)Room: Interdependence of Human and Animal Rights in the Anthropocene

On 21 May 2020, the Islamabad High Court issued a remarkable judgment in the case of Kaavan the elephant (among other “inmates” [8] of the Marghazar Zoo), affirming “without any hesitation” that “animals have legal rights” [59]. Chief Justice Athar Minallah held that the “pain and suffering of Kaavan must come to an end”, and ordered his…

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