- Nina Johnson
Bianka Atlas is the first Animal Law LLM graduate from New Zealand (Aotearoa) and recipient of the Brooks Institute for Animal Rights Law and Policy International Scholarship. While studying at Lewis & Clark, Bianka was the LLM Representative on the Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter. Bianka has researched and published on a range of animal law topics, including aquatic animal protection and the link between domestic violence and animal abuse. Her article, Joining the Herd: A Case for Closing New Zealand’s Domestic Ivory Market, was published in Animal Law. Bianka will be presenting at the Animal Legal Defense Fund Virtual Student Convention 2020.
Bianka received her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Psychology) from the University of Auckland, and her Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining the LLM program, Bianka enjoyed a varied human rights career, with expertise in the refugee field.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to study at Lewis & Clark’s Center for Animal Law Studies, to immerse myself in all-things-animal-law, and to be inspired by Animal Law trailblazers. The variety and quality of courses, and the support I received from my professors, surpassed my expectations. I have gained expertise in developing and using the law strategically and creatively to advocate for animals – through litigation, legislation, policy, and lobbying. I look forward to applying my skills and knowledge to effect change in the legal status and treatment of animals in New Zealand and globally.”