Freshwater, New South Wales, Australia
Tess Vickery, from Australia, received the International Society for Animal Rights Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship. After completing her degree, Tess returned to Australia and secured a position as the legal and policy advisor to a member of the NSW Parliament for the Animal Justice Party.
“As an advisor to an elected member of the Animal Justice Party, I am helping to bring about legislative change to improve the lives of animals.”
Tess received her combined Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University, Australia in 2012. While at law school, Tess participated in her university’s first animal law class which opened her eyes to the animal law movement. She subsequently wrote her honors thesis on animal rights and contractarian theories of justice, which was later published in the Macquarie Law Journal and received multiple awards.
After graduating with First Class Honors, Tess worked in commercial and class action litigation at one of Australia’s top firms. Notably, Tess worked on the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ class action in relation to their global breaches of environmental emissions standards. Tess also established her firm’s first “Animal Law Program” which encouraged lawyers to provide pro-bono assistance on animal law cases. Their first case was a successful consumer law action against a negligent ‘backyard breeder’ (and suspected puppy mill) that supplied puppies suffering severe medical issues to the client and others.