I am a PhD candidate at the Melbourne Law School. My research, which is currently at an early stage, will focus on identifying key deficiencies within the animal welfare regulatory framework as it applies to farm animals in Australia, using insights from relevant academic literature and empirical research. This will lead to a critical evaluation of the need for, and possible design of, law reform.
Regulatory theory and experience will provide a starting point for my critique of the current state of animal welfare law and regulation. My thesis will also draw insights from the literature in the areas of animal ethics, animal rights and animal protection philosophy. These branches of theoretical literature will help illuminate some of the unique challenges that could arise in seeking to achieve meaningful reforms.