|editor||/ editorial board|
Founder and editor in chief
|Prof. Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela|
Law professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), with an internationally recognized extensive teaching and research career. A strong background in Animal Law is the key to the changes needed in the legal system. With this thought in mind, she has introduced the subject of Animal Law in the Law Degree at the UAB, she has founded and edits this site, directs both the Master in Animal Law and Society (on-site and online), a pioneer course in Europe, and the Research Group on Animals, Law and Society (SGR – ADS).
|Dr. Carlos A. Contreras|
Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá; Law degree from the University of the Basque Country; LLM in Trade and Procurement; Doctor of the Autonomous University of Barcelona; Professor and Academic Coordinator of the Master in Animal Law and Society and member of the Research Group on Animals, Law and Society (SGR – ADS), both directed by Professor Dr. Teresa Giménez-Candela.
|Mag. Cristina Bécares (Jurisprudence and Legislation) |
Practicing attorney. Associate professor at UAB. Bachelor of Law and Criminology. Master of Animal Law and Society (1st edition) law. Master in Criminal Justice System (2014-2015). Secretary of SGR – ADS (Research Group on Animals, Law and Society) at UAB. Co-manager for the sections of Jurisprudence and Legislation of the web www.derechoanimal.info.
|Maria González Lacabex(Jurisprudence and Legislation)|
Bachelor in Law (2001). Master in Environmental Law (2002). University Specialist in Sustainable Development and Local Agenda 21 (2004). Legal adviser and consultant for private companies and government agencies on projects related to the environment and social development (2002-2010). Graduate in Animal Law and Society (UAB, 2011). In 2012 she founds ANIMALEX, an office exclusively dedicated to Animal Law.
|Mag. Irene García Colell |
Master in Animal Law and Society at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Practicing attorney, member n°2487 of the Bar Association of Terrassa (Ilustre Collegio de Abogados de Terrassa). Member of the Research Group on Animals, Law and Society (SGR – ADS) of the UAB.
|Grad. Irene Jiménez López|
Degree in Law at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2014). Member of the Research Group on Animals, Law and Society (SGR – ADS) of the UAB. Volunteer at the II Global Animal Law Conference (Barcelona, 2014).
|Dr. José Manuel Ríos Corbacho (Criminal Law)|
Professor of Criminal Law, Academic Secretary of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cadiz and Director of the Forum of Law, Ethics and Sport of the UCA. He holds a Master in High Environmental Management. His lines of research involve criminal law in sport, economic and animal criminal law.
|Dr. José Antonio Jiménez Buendía (Frequently Asked Questions)|
Ph.D in Law at the UAB (2014). Master in Introduction to Research in Commerce and Trade Law. Graduate in Advanced Studies in Roman law. Graduate in specialized studies in Commercial Law and Contracts. Law degree at the UAB (1983). Member of the Research Group in Animal, Law and Society (SGR – ADS). Senior Technician of the General Administration Group A of the Local Government by public examination and on leave. Senior Technician of the Special Administration Group A Urban Planning Law for the Local Government, on leave. Named two times Chair of the Access Tribunal to public service by the Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya (1992-1995). Secretary of the Decentralized Municipal Entity of Bellaterra. Urban planning lawyer and advisor for Local Entities and Urban Collaborating Entities of the Administration. Practicing attorney and founding member of Becs-Advocats (1983-2012).
|Dr. Gustavo de Baggis (Documentation) |
Ph.D with highest honors in International Relations and European Integration at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Master in "Roman legal system, law unification and law of integration", at the Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy. Graduate in in-depth studies in Public International Law and International Relations (Certificate of Research Proficiency), at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Course in "law of integration and unification of law in the Roman legal system (European Law and Latin American law)", Ministry of Foreign Affairs – National Research Council (CNR) - Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata" Rome, Italy. Lawyer from the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina. Mediator in the Bar Association of Mendoza, Argentina. Professor of Roman Law, Faculty of Law, at the National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
|Mag. Martina Pluda, LLB.oec.|
Jurist and Economist from the Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg (Austria), focused on environmental law and marketing techniques applied to NGOs. Professional journalist with ten years of press and social media experience, currently working in a telecommunications company and as Communications Officer for the Master in Animal Law and Society of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Member of the Organising Committee of the II Global Animal Law Conference, held in Barcelona in 2014. International background with living experiences in Italy, Kenya, Germany, Austria, and Spain; fluent in Italian, English, German, and Spanish.
|Mag. Loïs Lelanchon|
French Ph.D Student in Animal Law at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He was a student of the 2nd edition of the Master in Animal Law and Society as well as a Master’s Degree holder in International Environmental Law. Loïs is currently interning at European level and gaining thorough knowledge and significant training on Animal Welfare Policy. He’s fluent in French, English and Spanish.
|Mag. Núria Murlà|
Graduate in Law and holder of a diploma in Management and Public Administration from the University of Girona, Master in Animal Law and Society from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with an international academic training in Animal Welfare and Shelter Management. Co-founder of the Humane Association of Llebrers Galgos 112, where she is in charge of the Legal, Communication and International areas. Member of SGR- ADS Research Group at the UAB, currently in charge of the academic coordination of the Master in Animal Law and Society.
|Mag. Elisabet Miras|
Animal Lawyer. She holds a Bachelor in Law and a Master degree in Animal Law and Society. Currently member of the Research SGR – ADS of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and of the Committee on Animals’ Rights of the Bar Association of Barcelona. She is also a volunteer for the association ADAC, for the care of stray cats.
|Mag. Julia Havenstein (Germany)|
Lawyer with a focus on international law and criminology. Employed, since 2003, at the German animal welfare association “Animals’ Angels”, which focuses on the protection of animals during transport. In charge of the investigations conducted in the EU and at the international level, with a special focus on animal markets. Member of the working groups elaborating EU guidelines to assess the fitness for transport of bovines, equines and pigs. She has completed the Master program in “Animal, Law and Society” at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain, in December 2013.
|Mag. Juan Ignacio Serra (Argentina)|
Lawyer, graduated at the University of Buenos Aires; Master in Animal law and Society at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB); employee at the National Judicial Power of Argentina; co-founder and secretary of the Foundation for the Rights of Non-Human Animals in searching State policies in favor of nonhuman animals.
|Mag. Moe Honjo (Japan) |
With an international background, living in oversea countries for a total of 14 years (6 years in Hong Kong, 4 years in the Czech Republic and 4 years in UK), I have realized the dream of becoming an international animal law expert. I founded the first student animal welfare organization at the Kyoto University during my undergrad studies at Kyoto University in Japan. I have completed Environmental and Natural Resources Law LL.M. at Lewis & Clark Law School in the U.S. I am currently studying the Animal Law LL.M. degree at Lewis & Clark Law School.
|Dr. Tagore Trajano (Brazil)|
Post doctorate in Law at the Pace Law School, New York, USA. Ph.D. and Master in Public Law at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Visiting Researcher at Michigan State University (MSU, USA). Visiting Researcher at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC, China). Visiting professor at Pace Law School, Williams College, and Lewis & Clark Law School (USA). President of the Institute of Animal Abolitionism. Coordinator of the Brazilian Journal of Animal Rights and World Conferences on Bioethics and Animal Rights (Brazil). Professor of graduate courses in Environmental Law at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Founding member of the American Association of Environmental Law.
|LLM. Carly E. Souther (USA)|
Carly Elizabeth Souther is an LL.M. and Ph.D. candidate in Animal Law and Society at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain. Ms. Souther has published on a wide range of issues in both legal and medical journals, including theGeorgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy and the Care Management Journals. She provides peer review analysis for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the nation's preeminent journal on aging and medicine. Ms. Souther formerly served as an Assistant General Counsel at Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, a research fellow at the Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and the Law of the Florida State University College of Medicine, and second-chair of the Juvenile Justice course at the Florida State University College of Law. Ms. Souther is actively involved in animal welfare advocacy initiatives. She is co-founder, pro bono Chair, and past President of Petagon International, Inc. She created and presents "Fight for Fido – Dogfighting and Florida Law," a Continuing Legal Education one-hour ethics course for the Florida Bar (Course No. 1405303N). She developed a twenty-hour module on third-degree felony dogfighting for Leon County Schools through the Respect for Animals Program. During law school, she was the Vice-President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and conducted bill analysis for Pets Ad Litem. Ms. Souther is a member of the Florida Bar. She holds a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Mercer University.
|Mag. Elizabeth Montero Romero (México)|
Mexican and Animal Attorney. Holds a Law Degree from the Iberoamerican University of Puebla (UIA) and a Master in Animal Law and Society (3rd. Edition) offered by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Currently a member of the Research Group: Animals, Law and Society (ADS-SGR) and Mexico correspondent for the web center Derecho Animal – DA – both directed by Prof. Teresa Giménez-Candela. She also collaborates in her home town (Puebla) in Dejando Huella Foundation and is a permanent adviser in the City Council of Puebla for Animal Welfare, mainly in the fields of animal legislation and education affairs. She has international experiences in Canada, Spain and Germany, which allowed her to improve and reach a good level in English and German. She has knowledge in Portuguese language as well.
|Mag. Samuel León (México) |
Native of Mexico City, Bachelor of Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, he is pursuing graduate studies in Law at the Law Faculty of UNAM. His interests mainly regard the ethics of the relationship between human and nonhuman animals, he has written about zooethics in Revista de Estudios Críticos Animales Latinoamerica, has organized and participated in seminars and workshops addressing the relationship between law, philosophy and status of non-human animals. Founder and coordinator of Ius Animalium podcast of Grado Cero, broadcasting the idea of respect and protection of nonhuman animals.
|Mag. Tisa Kosem (UE)|
Tisa Kosem, European Commission, DG SANTE- Animal Welfare Unit, Brussels - Belgium, Bachelor in Political Science - European Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Master in Animal Law and Society at Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain, Legal rapporteur at derechoanimal.com for Western Balkans and European Union. Fluent in Slovene, English, Spanish, Croatian and Serbian.
|Atty. Carla Campanaro (Italy)|
International Law graduate from the University of Naples, post-graduate diploma on “Legal professions” at University of Rome in International Criminal Law, she has attended a graduate training on international and national environmental law at ISPI, Institute of International Policy of Milan. Since 2006 she is responsible of LAV legal office, one of the most important Italian ONGs covering animal rights (www.lav.it), working particularly on criminal and public animal law, as attorney and as consultant for ministries, public veterinarians, judges and police, and she has worked on various national and regional proposals regarding animal law. She is professor at the National School of Corpo Forestale dello Stato (police corps specialized on animal law) on criminal and public animal law, which she has also taught at the Public School of Veterinary, tribunals and other police corps around Italy. She has organized numerous conferences and meetings about animal rights in tribunals and other public institutions. She is author of numerous publications and researches on animal law (www.dirittoambiente.net), as contribution on “animal's crimes ” published within the Italian Codice dell’Ambiente and, finally, she has written about animal rights in Zoos, Circuses and during Transport in the ‘Trattato di Biodiritto’, the biggest Italian work which analyzes ethics and philosophic questions linked to the law and that, for the first time, has dedicated in the 2012 a whole volume to the Animal Question. She has also written with the judge of the Supreme Court, Maurizio Santoloci, a manual dedicated to animal rights and relative criminal legislation in Italy and Europe: ‘Tutela giuridica degli animali’, edizioni Diritto all’Ambiente (at the 4th edition), which is used by police and judges to enforce animal rights. Beyond all that, she collaborates with B-Legal International Law Firm as consultant on national and international environmental law and she has written the part of a manual on public environmental law (Diritto Europeo dell’Ambiente) regarding the international legal framework to protect water.
|Grad. Clara Corvée (Francia) |
Baccalaureate with Economic and Social specialization (2010). Hypokhâgne, Literature preparatory class (2010-2011). Bachelor degree in Law at Université Panthéon Assas Paris II, Paris (2011-2014), the third year of which at Université de Montréal, Canada (2013-2014). Currently student in the Master in "Derecho Animal y Sociedad", at the UAB in Barcelona (class 2014/ 2015). She speaks French, Spanish and English. Firmly convinced that Law is the way to ensure the right balance between the interest of the Animal and the Human being.
|Grad. Bianca Santos (Portugal) |
Portuguese Lawyer, born in South Africa and with a living background in Mozambique, Botswana, Azores, Germany and Spain. Graduated by the Law Faculty of the New (Nova) University of Lisbon and in Performing Arts by Arte 6 - Tv and Cinema Academy. Postgraduate in European Studies by the University of Lisbon. Legal advisor to Public Administration and Private companies. Stray Population Management and Trap-Neuter-Return Specialist. Volunteer, Trainer and General Coordinator of the Lisbon/Sintra Group of Animais de Rua Association for 5 years, is currently the Coordination´s Consultant and President of the Supervisory Board. Co-founder of Dogs of Portugal. Member of the Legal and Communication Groups of Basta – the Portuguese Bullfighting Abolition Platform. Member of the Organizing Commitee of the International Network Against Bullfighting Summit 2014. Currently undertaking the Masters in Animal Law and Society (UAB), researches legislation and public policies concerning animal protection.
|Grad. Shantal Maroun (Lebanon)|
Lebanese Student of the 4th edition of the Master in Animal Law and Society . Holds a degree in Biology and Biochemistry from the Saint Joseph University of Beirut. Currently interning with the Research and Investigation Group SGR ADS/ALS. She speaks Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
|Lcda. Jessica Steffen (Brazil)|
Jurist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul- 2014 (Brazil). Currently scholarship student of the Master in Animal Law and Society at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain). Member of the Laboratory of Bioethics and Ethics Applied to Animals of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). Member of the ADS research at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
|Lcda. Mª Isabel Aristizábal (Colombia) |
Psychologist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, with emphasis on political and civic education and social psychology with a focus on gender, bodies and violence with school students from low socioeconomic strata of the capital. Student of Master in Animal Law and Society at the UAB. Coordinator of Social and Environmental Projects for the Company Productos Naturales Aral Thel in Armenia, Quindio, Colombia.
|Lcdo. José Jerico Fiestas Flores (Perú)|
Economist with mention in Public Policy from the “Universidad del Pacífico” (Perú) with experience in environmental conservation and rural development. Volunteer and activist committed with the environment and the animals. Currently he is a student of the 4th edition of the Master in Animal Law and Society and is doing a Masters in Ecological Economics and a postgraduate diploma in Anthrozoology.
|Chiara Bellone de Grecis (Italy)|
Italian but with international background and living experiences abroad, in particular 5 years in China and 3 in Croatia, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences and a Master in International Relations, both obtained at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. Given her profound passion for animals, during her Master she decides to go a little out of track and, with the support of her coordinator, she writes her thesis on animal rights and ethics with a focus on the issue of captive wildlife. Passionate about such a topic, her dream is that of working for an organization dealing with animals involved in human entertainment. Currently living in Barcelona, she has enrolled in the 4th edition of the Master on Animal Law and Society at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), seeking to give solid foundations to her dream and passion.
Born in Argentina in the city of La Plata, she livee since 1978 in Palma de Mallorca.
Graduated in Law at the Universitat de Les Illes Balears, her passions are animals and photography.