The Scholars Committee is charged with the following:

  • Share current perspectives on animal law and policy;
  • In coordination with the Standards/Science Committee, develop, refine, and maintain “Gold Standards” of research and writing;
  • Survey, review, and advise on programs, projects, and commissions to advance academics and scholarship in animal law, animal policy and related interdisciplinary animal studies;
  • Assist the Institute staff in monitoring ongoing projects and commissions and provides a peer review component; and
  • Contribute to Brooks Institute discussion forums.
Justin Marceau - Chair

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.

Angela Fernandez
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. In 2017, Professor Fernandez became an Associate Editor of Book Reviews (Americas) for Law and History Review. She currently sits on the American Society of Legal History Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Doug Kysar
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.
Janice Nadler

Janice Nadler is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, and Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

She received a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kristen Stilt

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.