The Brooks Animal Studies Academic Network (BASAN) is a network of premier academics and their institutions with the mission or purpose to advance scholarly knowledge and academic opportunities (including for students) in animal law, animal policy-making, and related animal studies.

The Brooks Institute is its sponsor and facilitator.

Our metaphor for BASAN is a constellation of stars. Each member is distinctive and pursues its own projects, yet the formal collaboration of the various programs allows for the creation of something unified. Through collaboration, BASAN will advance scholarship and academic programming in animal rights and welfare issues. The goal of BASAN is to facilitate interdisciplinary research and collaborations across universities.

BASAN Membership Responsibilities-Opportunities

The responsibilities and opportunities of BASAN members include:

  • Holding workshops or other scholarly events designed to help scholars improve works in progress. This may involve inviting one individual at a time to a workshop series at which the faculty and students at the host BASAN institution focus on the scholarly work in progress of the invited participant, or a larger event at which several papers are discussed on the same day. We anticipate that this will include workshops for monographs and works in progress for articles and essays.  BASAN members are strongly encouraged to include individuals from other BASAN institutions in these events (not necessarily the faculty member, but also Fellows or graduate students—anyone who has a well-developed work in progress and is seeking feedback on it).
  • Sharing information about and promoting scholars from non-BASAN schools. For example, if one of the BASAN schools is aware that a faculty member or graduate student at a non-BASAN school is doing promising animal law and policy work, the BASAN members should share that information and encourage each other to include the individual in relevant scholarly events.
  • BASAN members should actively pursue opportunities to host other BASAN faculty within their school’s general colloquium series or in similar events, in an effort to bring these topics into the mainstream work of the institution as much as possible.
  • Aim to offer new and innovative courses and also share syllabi of existing and new courses with other BASAN members.
  • Engage with students and faculty in other disciplines at their universities who may be interested in animal law and policy projects.
  • Pursue collaborative research and publishing opportunities with other BASAN schools when practical.
  • Communicate with one another about dates when planning major events in order to avoid conflicting events.
  • In-person  and virtual BASAN meetings as can be arranged.
  • Other communications as circumstances require.

BASAN Membership Criteria

Except in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Leadership Committee BASAN, members will possess the following qualifications:

  • A first-rate academic institution.
  • A tenured professor at the institution who has an active scholarly agenda and who focuses on animal law, policy, and related studies.
  • An active and effective animal law or animal studies program at the institution or an animal law or animal studies program in development that has significant potential. For the non-law school programs, the programs should be directly relevant to animal law and policy and the faculty member should be explicitly interested in animal law and policy. It is expected that the faculty member (and not a hired staff member) will be the primary contact with BASAN and that the faculty member will maintain an active scholarly agenda on topics relevant to animal law or animal studies.
Maneesha Deckha
Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Law
University of Victoria

Professor Deckha graduated with her BA (Joint Honours in Anthropology and Political Science, minor in Women’s Studies) from McGill University in 1995 and her LLB from the University of Toronto in 1998. She joined the Faculty of Law as an Assistant Professor in 2002, after practising at the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto and completing her LLM at Columbia University. She is currently Professor and Lansdowne Chair at the Faculty of Law as well as Director of the Graduate Program. She also directs the Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria.

Angela Fernandez
Faculty of Law & Department of History
University of Toronto

Angela Fernandez is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, where she has been teaching contracts and legal history since 2004. She completed her LL.M. (2002) and J.S.D. (2007) at the Yale Law School. Her LL.B. and B.C.L. are from the Faculty of Law at McGill University, where she graduated from the National Program in 2000. She clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2000-2001 for Justice Michel Bastarache. Professor Fernandez has had tenure since 2009 and was cross-appointed to the Department of History at the University of Toronto in 2015.

Pamela Frasch
Associate Dean, Animal Law Program
Lewis & Clark Law School
Founder, Center for Animal Law Studies
Lewis & Clark Law School
Brooks McCormick Jr. Scholar of Animal Law and Policy
Lewis & Clark Law School

Professor Frasch is Associate Dean of the Animal Law Program and the Brooks McCormick Jr. Scholar of Animal Law and Policy. She also founded the Center for Animal Law Studies (CALS) in 2008. Previously, Professor Frasch served as general counsel for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a national nonprofit animal protection law organization that seeks to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. In 1996, Professor Frasch created the ALDF Criminal Justice Program which has since assisted law enforcement and animal advocates in investigating and prosecuting thousands of animal abuse and neglect cases nationwide.

Lori Gruen
William Griffin Professor of Philosophy
Wesleyan University
Coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies
Wesleyan University

Lori Gruen is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Science in Society at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. Her work lies at the intersection of ethical and political theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, incarcerated people, non-human animals. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics, a Faculty Fellow at Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s Center for Animals and Public Policy, and was the first chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Prison Education at Wesleyan.

Dale Jamieson
Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy
New York University
Affiliated Professor of Law
New York University
Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics, School of Medicine
New York University
Associated Faculty, Center for Bioethics, College of Global Public Health
New York University
Director, Center for Environmental and Animal Protection
New York University

Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy; Affiliated Professor of Law; Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics, School of Medicine; Associated Faculty, Center for Bioethics, College of Global Public Health; and Director of the Center for Environmental and Animal Protection at  New York University.  He has held visiting appointments at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Cornell, Princeton, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State, Oxford University and Kings College London in the UK, Monash University and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, and LUISS University in Italy.  He is also a former member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  In 2017 he was Zurich Distinguished Visitor on Climate Change at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  In 2016 he was awarded the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award.

Doug Kysar
Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law
Yale University

Professor Douglas Kysar is Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His teaching and research areas include torts, animal law, environmental law, climate change, products liability, and risk regulation. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Indiana University in 1995 and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998. He has published articles on a wide array of environmental law and tort law topics, and is co-author of two leading casebooks, The Torts Process (9th ed. 2017) and Products Liability: Problems and Process (8th ed. 2016). In addition to his many articles and chapters, Kysar’s monograph, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity (Yale University Press, 2010), seeks to reinvigorate animal and environmental protection and by offering novel theoretical insights on standing and inclusion, cost-benefit analysis, the precautionary principle, and sustainable development.

Justin Marceau
Professor of Law and Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor
University of Denver Law School
Chair of the Scholars Committee
Brooks Institute

Justin F. Marceau is a Professor of Law and the Animal Legal Defense Fund Professor.

Prior to coming to the University of Denver Law School, Marceau was an assistant federal public defender specializing in capital habeas and a law clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before law school he spent a year living and working in Cairo, Egypt.

Marceau’s research focuses on criminal law and constitutional law, particularly as those areas intersect with social change. He specifically writes in the areas of Habeas Corpus, Constitutional Law, and Animal Law. His current research is at the intersection of animal law and criminal law.

Kristen Stilt
Faculty Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program
Harvard Law School
Professor of Law
Harvard Law School
Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program
Harvard Law School
Deputy Dean
Harvard Law School

Kristen Stilt is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  She also serves as Faculty Director of the Animal Law & Policy Program, Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, and is a Deputy Dean.  Stilt was named a Carnegie Scholar for her work on Constitutional Islam, and in 2013 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.  Her research focuses on animal law, and in particular the intersection of animal law and religious law; Islamic law and society; and comparative constitutional law.  Publications include Islamic Law in Action (Oxford University Press, 2011); “Constitutional Innovation and Animal Protection in Egypt,” Law & Social Inquiry (2018); and “Law” in Critical Terms for Animal Studies, edited by Lori Gruen (University of Chicago Press, 2018).  She is currently working on a new book project entitled Halal Animals, to be published by Oxford University Press.