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Saskia Stucki

Dr. iur., Senior Research Fellow

stucki@mpil.de
Tel. +49 (6221) 482-350

Main Fields of Research:

Animal law, animal rights, fundamental rights for animals, animal legal personhood; theories of rights; human rights philosophy and law; climate and environmental law; climate mainstreaming, greenstreaming

Academic Career:

since 2021: deputy sex equality officer at the MPIL

since 2020: Habilitiation in the field of climate and environmental law

2018-2020: Swiss National Science Foundation Advanced Postdoc.Mobility grant / visiting researcher at Harvard Law School and Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

since 2016: Senior Research Fellow at the MPIL

2015: University of Basel, Ph.D. (summa cum laude)

Dissertation: Fundamental Rights for Animals (Grundrechte für Tiere: Eine Kritik des geltenden Tierschutzrechts und rechtstheoretische Grundlegung von Tierrechten im Rahmen einer Neupositionierung des Tieres als Rechtssubjekt), Fundamenta Juridica 69, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2016

Awards:

  • SVRSP Award 2017 of the Swiss Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy
  • Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Junior Award 2017 of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Professor Walther Hug Award 2017
  • Faculty Award 2016 of the University of Basel Law School

Reviews:

  • Tierstudien 11/2017, 161ff (Nico Müller)
  • Natur und Recht 39 (2017), 762 (Dr. Tobias Schneider)
  • RFL Rundschau für Fleischhygiene und Lebensmittelüberwachung 2/2017, 70 (Dr. Andrea Volke-Middendorf)
  • RphZ - Rechtsphilosophie: Zeitschrift für Grundlagen des Rechts 4/2017, 431ff (Anje Schulz)

2014: Summer fellowship at Wesleyan University (USA); Animals & Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies Human-Animal Studies Fellowship

2012-2016: Coordinator of the doctoral programme "Law and Animals" at the Law School of the University of Basel

2011-2012: Research assistant at the chair for public and international law of Prof. Dr. Anne Peters, University of Basel

2011-2015: Doctoral studies, University of Basel

2010-2011: Student assistant at the chair for public and international law of Prof. Dr. Anne Peters, University of Basel

2006-2011: Law studies, University of Basel

Recent Publications

  • Judicial Courage in the Face of Climate Crisis and State Inaction: In Defence of Green Civil Disobedience. In: Public Jurist (subsidiary magazine of the Hong Kong Journal of Law and Public Affairs) December 2020, 41-46 (2020). Public Jurist Dec 2020
  • Towards a Theory of Legal Animal Rights: Simple and Fundamental Rights. In: Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 40, 533-560 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/ojls/gqaa007. https://academic.oup.com/ojls/article/do...
  • Editorial: Animal Rights - Interconnections with Human Rights and the Environment. In: Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 11, 149-155 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.4337/jhre.2020.02.00 (with Tom Sparks, Visa Kurki). https://www.elgaronline.com/view/journal...
  • Animal Rights. In: Encyclopedia for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Sellers M., Kirste S. (eds.). Springer, Dordrecht 2020 (with Visa Kurki). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-... stucki-kurki2020_referenceworkentry_animalrights-v1.pdf (PDF, 169.9 KB)
  • Menschenrechte für Tiere: Von der theoretischen Begründung zur praktischen Verrechtlichung. In: Die Idee subjektiver Rechte, Eric Hilgendorf, Benno Zabel (eds.). De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2021, 319-335. https://www.degruyter.com/view/book/9783...
  • Fundamental Rights for Animals (Grundrechte für Tiere: Eine Kritik des geltenden Tierschutzrechts und rechtstheoretische Grundlegung von Tierrechten im Rahmen einer Neupositionierung des Tieres als Rechtssubjekt). Fundamenta Juridica 69. Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2016, 445 p., Diss. Basel, 2015 eBook
  • (Certified) Humane Violence? Animal Production, the Ambivalence of Humanizing the Inhumane, and What International Humanitarian Law Has to Do with It. In: Studies in Global Animal Law, Anne Peters (ed.). Springer, Heidelberg 2020, 121-131. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10...
  • (Certified) Humane Violence? Animal Welfare Labels, the Ambivalence of Humanizing the Inhumane, and What International Humanitarian Law Has to Do with It. In: AJIL Unbound 111, 277-281 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1017/aju.2017.65... Stucki_certified_humane_violence1.pdf (PDF, 120.7 KB)
  • Menschenrechte für Tiere: Von der Theorie zur Praxis. In: Tierärztliche Umschau 12/2017, 484-488 (2017).
  • Kritische Anmerkungen zur (weiterhin) aktuellen Küken-Rechtsprechung. In: Tierärztliche Umschau 11/2017, 440-444 (2017).
  • Die Nutzung kommt vor dem Schutz - und andere Lehren aus der neuen Küken-Rechtsprechung. In: Rechtswissenschaft 7, 521-541 (2016). https://doi.org/10.5771/1868-8098-2016-3...
  • Global Animal Law. In: Yearbook of the Max Planck Society 2016/2017 (2017) (with Anne Peters). https://www.mpg.de/10892322/mpil_jb_2017...
  • Animal Law: Reform or Revolution?. Schulthess, Zürich, 2015, 152 p. (editor with Anne Peters, Livia Boscardin). -
  • Tierversuchsrichtlinie 2010/63/EU: Rechtsgutachten zu ihrer Umsetzung in Deutschland. Schulthess, Zürich, 2014, 200 p. (with Anne Peters) -
  • Die "tierliche Person" als Tertium datur: Eine Extrapolation aus aktuellen tierschutzrechtlichen Subjektivierungsansätzen und kritische Reflexion aus feministischer Perspektive. In: Würde der Kreatur: Ethische und rechtliche Beiträge zu einem umstrittenen Konzept, Christoph Ammann, Birgit Christensen, Lorenz Engi, Margot Michel (eds.). Schulthess, Zürich 2015, 287-326. Stucki_Die_tierliche_Person_als_Tertium_datur1.pdf (PDF, 3975.0 KB)
  • Rechtswissenschaft: Vom Recht über Tiere zu den Legal Animal Studies. In: Disziplinierte Tiere? Perspektiven der Human-Animal Studies für die wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen, Reingard Spannring, Karin Schachinger, Gabriela Kompatscher, Alejandro Boucabeille (eds.). Transcript, Bielefeld 2015, 229-255 (with Margot Michel). Michel_Stucki_Legal_Animal_Studies1.pdf (PDF, 2999.7 KB)
  • Rechtstheoretische Reflexionen zur Begründung eines tierlichen Rechtssubjekts. In: Animal Law - Tier und Recht: Developments and Perspectives in the 21st Century - Entwicklungen und Perspektiven im 21. Jahrhundert, Margot Michel, Daniela Kühne, Julia Hänni (eds.). Dike/BWV, Zürich/Berlin 2012, 143-172. Stucki_Offprint1.pdf (PDF, 437.9 KB)

Blogposts

Working Papers

Further Publications

  • Special Issue: Animal Rights - Interconnections with Human Rights and the Environment. In: Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 11/2, 149-329 (2020) (with Tom Sparks, Visa Kurki). https://www.elgaronline.com/view/journal...

Presentations

12 Jul 2021

Climate Mainstreaming

(with Guillaume Futhazar and Tom Sparks)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

01 Jun 2021

Grundrechte für Tiere: Von der Theorie zur Praxis

ELSA lecture series "Kinderrechte, Klima und Tierschutz – Mit Klagen die Zukunft gestalten?"

University of Bonn

29 May 2021

Soll und kann es Tierrechte geben?

Festival der Philosophie

Hannover

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heaWN3Ijk8E

22 Mar 2021

Human Rights vs. Animal Rights? A Philosophical Journey from Human Exceptionalism to Transspecies Universalism

Université Catholique de Lille

26 Jan 2021

Von Schlachthöfen und Schlachtfeldern: Zur Humanisierung von Gewalt im Tierschutzrecht

University of Kassel

21 Dec 2020

In dubio pro populo: Der direktdemokratische Weg zu Tiergrundrechten

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

14 Dec 2020

In Defence of Green Civil Disobedience: Swiss and German Judicial Innovations on the Necessity Front

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

https://vimeo.com/492016692

10 Dec 2019

Humanizing the "War on Animals"

Harvard Animal Law & Policy Workshop

Harvard Law School

25 Oct 2019

Humanizing the "War on Animals"

NYU Animal Studies Reading Group

New York University

11 Jul 2019

Legal Animal Rights

29th IVR World Congress (with Visa Kurki)

University of Lucerne

26 Apr 2019

Legal Animal Rights: Simple and Fundamental

Launch of the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law

University of Cambridge

30 Oct 2018

Elements of a Legal Theory of Animal Rights

Animal Law and Policy Workshop

Harvard Law School

03 Oct 2018

Toward Fundamental Rights for Animals

Panel on Animal Legal Personhood

American University Washington College of Law

19 Jan 2018

Animals and the Law Panel Discussion

4th Minding Animals Conference

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

18 Jan 2018

Human Rights and Animal Rights: Divergence or Convergence?

4th Minding Animals Conference

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

11 Dec 2017

Von EidgenossInnen und fremden RichterInnen: Die Selbstbestimmungsinitiative und ihr verfassungsrechtlicher Kontext

(together with Raffaela Kunz)

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

17 Nov 2017

Menschenrechte für Tiere - ein Widerspruch?

University of Basel

20 Jul 2017

Human Rights and Animal Rights: Divergence or Convergence?

XXVIII World Congress of the International Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR)

Universidade de Lisboa

10 May 2017

Religious Slaughter and Animal Experimentation

Wiko Workshop on Animal Experimentation

Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin

09 May 2017

Tierschutzrechtliche Grundlagen des Tierversuchs

Webinar "3R und Alternativmethoden zu Tierversuchen in der Forschung und Lehre"

Freie Universität Berlin

02 May 2017

Are Human Rights Animals' Rights Too?

Talking Animals, Law and Philosophy

University of Cambridge

06 Feb 2017

Recent Developments in Hominid (and Other Humanoid) Rights

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

31 Jan 2017

The Legal Status of Animals

Animal Values and Sustainable Food Production Workshop

University of Sheffield

10 Nov 2016

Wozu die Aufregung? Vorbereitungen auf eine neue Mensch-Tier-Gesellschaft

Panel discussion

Munich

12 Sep 2016

Das Grundsatzurteil des OVG Münster zur Zulässigkeit der Tötung von Eintagsküken

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Heidelberg

27 Apr 2016

Is Legislation the Best Way to Control Animal Experimentation?

Wiko Workshop on Animal Experimentation

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

19 Feb 2016

The "Dignity of Animals" in the Swiss Constitution: What It Is and What It Could Be

Harvard Workshop on Animals in Comparative Constitutional Law

Harvard Law School

18 Jun 2015

Grundrechte für Tiere?

Lecture series "Menschlich tierlich - gleich oder anders? Grenzen und Berührungspunkte im rechtlichen und ethischen Kontext"

University of Basel

09 May 2015

Are Human Rights Animals´ Rights, Too?

Conference "L´Humain en question. Ce que les animaux nous apprennent"

University of Geneva

14 Mar 2014

Das Tier als Rechtsperson

Conference "Animal Politics - Politische Theorie des Mensch-Tier-Verhältnisses"

University of Hamburg

07 Dec 2013

The "Animal Person" as Tertium Datur

Personhood Beyond the Human Conference

Yale University

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3LFtH7saXM

04 Jul 2012

Establishing Animal Rights: A Legal Perspective

2nd Minding Animals Conference

University of Utrecht

02 Feb 2012

Tiere im schweizerischen Recht

Workshop "Der widersprüchliche Umgang mit Tieren in modernen Gesellschaften"

Basel

15 Oct 2011

New Developments in Swiss Animal Law

19th Annual Animal Law Conference

Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland

19 Nov 2010

Grundrechte für Tiere - Ausgewählte Aspekte eines neuen rechtlichen Umgangs mit Tieren

Kolloquium Tier und Recht

University of Zurich

Teaching

1.6.2021

Guest Lecture, Grundrechte für Tiere: Von der Theorie zur Praxis, ELSA lecture series "Kinderrechte, Klima und Tierschutz – Mit Klagen die Zukunft gestalten?", University of Bonn

22.03.2021

Guest lecture, Human Rights vs. Animal Rights? A Philosophical Journey from Human Exceptionalism to Transspecies Universalism, Master Course Critical Human Rights, Lille Catholic University

26.01.2021

Guest Lecture, Von Schlachthöfen und Schlachtfeldern: Zur Humanisierung von Gewalt im Tierschutzrecht, Lecture Series Was ist schon tierGerecht?, University of Kassel

29.10.2020

Guest Lecture, Politics and Animals, Harvard University

Participation in Conferences at Home and Abroad

Climate change and international security, Joint workshop, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and German Federal Foreign Office, 03.12.2020

Human Rights for the Planet, International Conference on Human Rights and Environmental Protection, organized by the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, 05.10.2020 - 05.10.2020

Workshop "Tribunal der Arten", University of Hamburg, 22.01.2020

Co-organization of the Special Workshop on (Legal) Animal Rights at the 29th IVR World Congress (together with Visa Kurki and Tom Sparks), University of Lucerne, 11.07.2019 - 12.07.2019

EU Commission Scientific Conference: Non-Animal Approaches - The Way Forward, Brussels, 06.12.2016 - 07.12.2016

Co-organisation of the conference "The Animal Turn and the Law: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and New Directions in Animal Law", University of Basel, 04.04.2014 - 05.04.2014

Co-organisation of the conference "Animal Law: Reform or Revolution?", University of Basel, 01.03.2013 - 01.03.2013

Conference "La Souffrance Animale: De la science au droit", Paris, 18.10.2012 - 19.10.2012

Conference "Animal Law and Ethics: Reflecting on European, American and Asian Concepts", University of Zürich, 07.07.2012 - 08.07.2012

Honours

  • 2017: SVRSP Award of the Swiss Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy for the dissertation "Grundrechte für Tiere"
  • 2017: Professor Walther Hug Award for the dissertation "Grundrechte für Tiere"
  • 2017: Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Junior Award of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München for the book "Fundamental Rights for Animals" ("Grundrechte für Tiere")
  • 2016: Faculty award of the University of Basel Law School for the dissertation "Grundrechte für Tiere"
  • 2016: Publication grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation for the dissertation "Grundrechte für Tiere"
  • 2014: Animals & Society Institute and Wesleyan Animal Studies Human-Animal Studies Fellowship

Memberships

Miscellaneous

Peer reviews

  • Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
  • Springer
  • Journal of Human Rights and the Environment
  • Human Rights Review
  • ZaöRV (Heidelberg Journal of International Law)
  • ex ante (Journal for Young Legal Academics)
  • GJAL (Global Journal of Animal Law)
  • FWO - Research Foundation Flanders
  • Revus: Journal for Constitutional Theory and Philosophy of Law

Media

Conferences

  • 4-5 April 2014: Conference "The Animal Turn and the Law", University of Basel
  • 1 March 2013: Inaugural Conference "Animal Law: Reform or Revolution?", University of Basel