Welcome to the Animal Law Podcast. This is Mariann Sullivan and this week’s guest is Charlotte Blattner, a Swiss lawyer and professor of law, who will be talking about primates in Switzerland and a recent ballot initiative held in Basel initiated by the Swiss organization Sentience regarding their rights. Charlotte and I will discuss this very recent effort, the pluses and minuses of using ballot initiatives, which are an important part of Swiss law, to promote the rights of animals, the meaning of the unsuccessful vote and why it should nevertheless be seen as an important step forward, and the implications of this effort for the global fight for fundamental rights for all animals.
Charlotte E. Blattner, Dr. iur., LL.M., is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Institute for Public Law of the University of Berne in Switzerland. She obtained her doctorate in 2016 at the interface of international and animal law as part of the doctoral program “Law and Animals” at the University of Basel. Her dissertation project, Protecting Animals Within and Across Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and the Challenges of Globalization, was published open access by Oxford University Press. She also authored Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? together with Kendra Coulter and Will Kymlicka and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School on a project titled “Environmental Law Beyond Anthropocentrism.” She is currently working on a project related to the complex and urgent challenges that climate change poses to Swiss constitutional and administrative law.
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