Charlotte E. Blattner, Dr. iur., LL.M. (Harvard)

I am an international scholar specializing in animal law and ethics, animal rights, international and comparative animal law, and its intersections with constitutional law, labor law, and human rights law. My PhD Protecting Animals Within and Across Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and the Challenges of Globalization was just published by Oxford University Press. This is the first monograph that makes the case for and shows how we can protect animals – globalization and threats of outsourcing notwithstanding. The book offers an in-depth analysis of animal laws across the world and shows how and why extraterritorial jurisdiction can overcome the steepest hurdles for animal law and help move us toward a just global interspecies community. With this book, I hope to advance stalled debates in animal law, prompt new policies, and inspire scholars from a range of disciplines (ethics, politics, sociology, economics, etc.) to begin working at this juncture.

From 2018 – 2020, I will be working as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA, where I also completed my LL.M. My research at Harvard’s Animal Law & Policy Program marks the beginning of a longer project, by which I hope to spur a broader discourse about the scholarly and practical rapprochement of animal law and environmental law. This approximation becomes increasingly important as climate change begins to pervade our everyday lives and environmental pollution and degradation become realities that can no longer be denied. During my time at Harvard, I will approach this topic from the US perspective by examining federal and state environmental laws.

Before coming to Harvard, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow for Animal Studies at the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Kingston ON. Under the guidance and supervision of Professor Will Kymlicka, I taught and conducted research at the intersection of animal ethics and politics. For the philosophy class “Animals in Society,” I used Socratic methods and inclusive pedagogy for the close to 80 students. My research at Queen’s focused on animal labor. I was particularly interested in tackling some of the most pressing ethical and political questions raised by animal labor, including the desirability of a right to work (under review at Animal Studies Journal) and the legitimacy of forced animal labor (chapter in Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?). Other papers discussed the relationship of animal labor to ecosystem services (under review at Harvard Environmental Law Review) and trade (in print at Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy, 2019). Together with Will Kymlicka and Kendra Coulter, I edited the book Animal Labor: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?, which Oxford University Press published in early 2020.

I was previously a Visiting International Scholar at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland OR, where I worked under the supervision of Professor Kathy Hessler. I earned my PhD in Law in 2016 from the University of Basel, Switzerland, as part of the doctoral program “Law and Animals – Ethics at Crossroads.” In my PhD thesis, which was supervised by Professor Anne Peters, I examined the possibility and admissibility of applying national animal protection standards to animals in foreign countries – an approach widely practised in environmental, human rights, and economic law, yet unexplored in animal law. During my BLaw and MLaw studies, I worked as a research fellow for the “Tier im Recht” Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, as a research assistant for the Swiss Competence Center for Human Rights, and served as a lawyer for the local Court in civil law matters.

My current teaching deals with global ageing, and the manifold ethical, legal, and political challenges it places upon us. I currently co-teach the seminar “Global Ageing in the 21st Century” with Dr. Janine Dumont-Rosas, LL.M., at the Institute for European Global Studies in Basel, Switzerland.

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