Australasian Animal Studies Association

Kotzmann, Dr Jane


Deakin University

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Research interests / activities

My research is in the area of animal rights, and in particular the potential extension of international human rights to non-human animals. I am also more broadly interested in current laws as they relate to animals.


Jane Kotzmann, The Human Rights-Based Approach to Higher Education: Why Human Rights Norms Should Guide Higher Education Law and Policy’, Oxford University Press (New York, 2018).

Kotzmann, Jane (2020) Recognising the sentience of animals in law: A justification and framework for Australian states and territories. Sydney law review 281.

Gabrielle Wolf, Mirko Bagaric and Jane Kotzmann, “Towards a Coherent Sentencing Jurisprudence for Animal Cruelty Offences” (2020) Australian Law Journal (forthcoming)

Mirko Bagaric, Jane Kotzmann, Gabrielle Wolf, “A rational approach to sentencing offenders for animal cruelty: A normative and scientific analysis underpinning proportionate penalties for animal cruelty offenders” (2019), Vol. 71, pp. 385-447, South Carolina Law Review, Columbia, S.C., C1

Jane Kotzmann, Nicholas Pendergrast, “Animal rights: time to start unpacking what rights and for whom” (2019), Vol. 46, pp. 157-200, Mitchell Hamline law review, Saint Paul, Minn., C1

Jane Kotzmann, Gisela Nip, “Bringing animal protection legislation into line with its purported purposes: a proposal for equality amongst non-human animals” (2020), Vol. 37, pp. 247-317, Pace environmental law review, Carlisle, Pa., C1

Jane Kotzmann, Neera Bhatia and Marilyn McMahon, "A Human Rights-Based Approach to Compulsory Treatment of Young People Experiencing Mental Disorder" (2018) 24(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights 20

Jane Kotzmann and Cassandra Seery, "Dignity in International Human Rights Law: Potential Applicability in Relation to International Recognition of Animal Rights" (2017) 26 Michigan State International Law Review 1 •

Jane Kotzmann, "Lifting the Cloak of Conceptual Confusion: Exploring the Meaning of the Human Right to Higher Education" (2015) 21(1) Australian Journal of Human Rights 71

Media pieces:
Jane Kotzmann, ‘Australia’s animal testing laws are a good start, but don’t go far enough’, The Conversation, 21 March 2019