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Stephanie O’ Flynn

19th April 2019

is a final year PhD candidate in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). She holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Legal Studies with Business from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and a Masters in Law from University College Cork (UCC). As part of her Masters, she completed a thesis entitled “Irish Animal Protection Laws” which motivated her to pursue a PhD on the granting of legal rights to animals. Her doctoral dissertation, “The Case for Animal Rights: Changing the Legal Paradigm for Animals,” involves an exploration of the current legal system of protection for animals and provides a case for the extension of legal rights. Her doctoral work combines her interest in law, theory, and animal welfare science. She is a holder of a Fellowship in Law from NUIG. She has presented her research in both the UK and Ireland and has also published aspects of her work. She has a keen interest in all areas of animal law including animal rights theory, EU and comparative animal protection law and WTO law and its impact on animal welfare.