Perez Castello, Pablo

PhD Candidate

Royal Holloway University of London
Research interests / activities

Pablo's research focuses on understanding the importance of human language in producing human sovereignty over animals, and in shaping the ethics and politics of animal law and ethology. His research also investigates the role animal language can play regarding the participation of non-human animals in political decision-making processes and the construction of zoodemocratic systems.

Pablo also conducted research at the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Centre for Animal Rights Law (CCARL), where he studied how the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia should change in light of the argument advanced by Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka that wild animals should have a right to self-determination. He currently provides advise on the development of an Animal Rights Law textbook at the CCARL, specifically on the philosophical foundations of animal rights.

His interests include ecofeminism, postcolonialism, critical race theory, critical disability studies, animal law, animal rights theory, conservation, continental philosophy, and critical animal studies.


Selected Publications:
Castello, P. P. & Avila, F. J. (2021). ‘Conservation After Sovereignty: Deconstructing Australian Policies Against Horses with a Plea and Proposal.’ Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy [forthcoming] (peer-reviewed)

Castello, P. P. (2022). ‘The erasures of Peter Singer’s theory, and the ethical need to consider animals as irreducible others.’ Philosophy Today, 66(1) [forthcoming] (peer-reviewed).

Castello, P. P. (2023). ‘Zooterrapolis.’ In Taylor, C. (ed) The Routledge Companion to Gender and Animals (Abingdon, OX: Routledge) [forthcoming]

Castello, P. P. (2020). ‘How Language Influences Perception of animals and the Law that Follows.’ Advocates for Animals.

Teaching Experience:
-> Teaching Assistant of Ancient Greek Philosophy (2019/2020) – BA Philosophy Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London

-> Lecturer on Philosophical Concepts of Nature (2019/2020) - MA in Political Philosophy provided by the Department of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy at Royal Holloway University of London.