Tom Sparks



Dr Tom Sparks is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg), where he works on legal theoretical questions relating to international law, above all in the fields of environmental law, and statehood and self-determination. His PhD thesis, written at the University of Durham, won the Global Policy North research network’s Outstanding PhD Thesis Prize 2018. All views are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the organisations with which he is or has been affiliated.

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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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