Naomi Madeleine Harland-Smith

Naomi Harland-Smith is a PhD candidate of Culture and Ecology at Durham University supported by an AHRC Northern Bridge scholarship and a UK Centre for Animal Law representative. Her research diverges from the dominant juridico-philosophical narrative that views the extension of human rights to animals as the optimal outcome for captive animals. Rather than seeking to reconcile or emphasize human/animal differences to argue for or against animal rights respectively, she focuses on the uniqueness of animal experiences as the basis for their legislative protection, termed 'animalhood'. Following a Master's degree in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and an animal jurisprudence course with the late animal rights pioneer Steven Wise, she began her legal studies in London. In her free time you can probably find her in a park surrounded by squirrels or rehabilitating injured pigeons!
Naomi Madeleine Harland-Smith

presentation:
Righting human wrongs without recourse to animal rights
An alternative escape route for captive animals