Saskia Stucki



Dr Saskia Stucki is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg), and currently working on her Habilitation project on Climate Mainstreaming. In 2018/2019, she was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School, where she worked on her postdoctoral research project “Trilogy on a Legal Theory of Animal Rights” (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation). She did her law studies and PhD at the University of Basel, where she graduated in 2015 with an award-winning dotoral dissertation on the fundamental rights of animals. Her research interests include climate and environmental law, animal rights, human rights, legal philosophy, and international humanitarian law.

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World Lawyers’ Pledge on Climate Action: An Urgent Call for Climate Mainstreaming

The world is facing climate emergency, one of a series of overlapping and mutually reinforcing environmental crises. In 2017, more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries signed the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, urging the world to take immediate action against the current trajectory of catastrophic climate change. We, as concerned lawyers, have heard the world…

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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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