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By the Book: A Conversation With Maneesha Deckha

By the Book: A Conversation with Maneesha Deckha Author of Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Legal scholars have recently questioned the so-called great divide between human and nonhuman animals. In her important book, Maneesha Deckha discusses the inadequacies of both a property and a person-hood approach to determine the legal status of nonhuman animals. Deckha argues that person-hood is too anthropocentric and embedded in Western liberal humanist traditions to create changes for nonhuman animals. Marshaling feminist care theory, postcolonial insights, and critical animal studies, she calls for a new legal framework-legal beingness. Through beingness, Deckha seeks to get to a place where we "value animals not as humanity's Other but as beings of value who can exist outside of instrumental relationships with humans and other legal persons."
Maneesha Deckha, Professor and Landsdown Chair in Law, University of Victoria
Robyn S. Hederman, Co-Chair, Animal Law Committee

Sponsoring Committee:
Animal Law, Robyn Hederman and Rebecca Seltzer, Co-Chairs

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