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 University of VIctoria Faculty of Law as an Assistant Professor in 2002, after practicing 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.
Her research interests include critical animal law, feminist animal care theory, postcolonial theory, health law, and reproductive law and policy. Her interdisciplinary scholarship is dedicated to a feminist, postcolonial, and critical animals studies analysis of law and legality and has been supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
She is an inaugural a fellow of the Brooks Animal Studies Academic Network and author of Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders (University of Toronto Press).