Jessica's primary professional interest lies in reconceptualising and reforming the treatment of non-human animals in both national legislation and international instruments.
Jessica has received the Animal Law Advocates Advanced Degree Scholarship to complete the LL.M. in Animal Law at Lewis & Clark Law School (Centre for Animal Law Studies). She has worked on legal research projects for the Global Animal Law Association and the World Federation for Animals. She is a member of Animals Australia and the Australasian Animal Studies Association and conducted her practical legal training with the RSPCA Queensland Prosecutions Team.
Jessica is currently completing her PhD at Melbourne Law School. Her thesis examines the conceptualisation of non-human animals in international legal instruments and explores how international trade of non-human animals may be legitimately restricted through welfare considerations