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About the lawyers for the Convention on Animal Protection

Our team of international law practitioners and academics came together in March 2020 in an effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team are members of the International Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section on International Law and worked to pass Resolution 101C before the ABA House of Delegates. Resolution 101C “urges all nations to negotiate an international convention for the protection of animals that establishes standards for the proper care and treatment of all animals to protect public health, the environment, and animal well-being.”


Meet the team

Nigel Blackaby QC

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Nigel Blackaby QC is a partner at international firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Washington, D.C. He is an international arbitration practitioner but focuses his pro bono work on international animal law. In that context, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the ABA Section on International Animal Law and was part of the four-strong commission (including Joan Schaffner (GWU), Raj Reddy (L&C), and David Favre (Michigan State)) that prepared the report and resolution in favor of an international convention on animal protection recently passed by the ABA House of Delegates as Resolution 101C. He is active in the implementation of that resolution through outreach to the US State Department and UK FCO among others. He also provides advice on legal issues to animal shelters internationally and is patron of an animal shelter in Colombia, Fundación Animalove.

Daina Bray

Senior Litigation Fellow,
Yale Law School


Daina Bray is the Climate Change and Animal Agriculture Senior Litigation Fellow and Project Manager with the Law, Ethics and Animals Program at Yale Law School. She previously served as General Counsel of Mercy for Animals and of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Daina is a current co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) International Animal Law Committee, a current member of the ABA TIPS Leadership Council, a past chair of the ABA TIPS Animal Law Committee, and a past chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Animal Law Section. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School, with pro bono distinction, and her bachelor's in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead scholar. Daina received a Fulbright Scholarship to study environmental education in Kingston, Jamaica, and is the 2021 recipient of the ABA Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.

Nicolás Córdoba

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Nicolás is an associate attorney in the International Arbitration Group of the global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP. His main area of work is public international law, specializing in investment treaty arbitrations, as well as other international disputes. Before joining Freshfields Nicolás worked as an advisor of international affairs at the General Prosecutor’s Office of Colombia and previously as an associate attorney in the Bogotá office of an international law firm. His ad honorem work includes the Colombian Mission before the United Nations in New York, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, D.C.

Nicolás was born in Cali, Colombia, and lives in Washington, D.C. along with his wife, daughter and his dog (Mr. Wey). He graduated with honors as an attorney from Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá), and holds a master’s degree in international law and international relations from Universidad Complutense (Madrid), and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)

David Favre

Professor of Law,
Michigan State University College of Law


David Favre has been a professor of law at Michigan State University College of Law for forty-four years. He served as Dean of the College for five years and continues to teach in the area of property law, animal law, and international environmental law. Professor Favre has written a number of articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, animal rights, ethics of animal use, and international control of animal trade. His books include the casebook Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights (3nd ed. 2020), the ethics book Respecting Animals (2018), a legal development book, The Future of Animal Law (2021), and a discussion of the treaty CITES International Trade in Endangered Species. He introduced the concept of “Living Property” which was developed in a number of law review articles over the past decade. He has organized international conferences on animal law and has presented to international audiences on a wide assortment of topics. He created and is editor-in-chief of the largest animal legal web resource, www.animallaw.info. Now residing on a farm in Lower Michigan, Professor Favre shares his space with sheep, chickens and the usual assortment of dogs and cats.

Rosario Galardi

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Rosario is an associate at Freshfields’ international arbitration group in Washington D.C. She advises and represents clients in commercial arbitrations and investor-State disputes. She is also actively involved in pro bono practice, advising and representing clients in immigration proceedings, and working on public policy projects. Before joining Freshfields she worked at a top tier law firm and a boutique arbitration law firm in Argentina. She graduated as an attorney summa cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and obtained her LL.M. from Tulane University. When attending law school at UBA she participated in several public policy projects, including the NYU Abroad Clinic on Policy Advocacy in Latin America where she assisted in the preparation of an amicus curiae before the Interamerican Courts of Human Rights.

Laurie Morgan

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Laurie Morgan is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution and Public International Law practices at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York. She received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.), where she was a Global Law Scholar, and her bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Leiden University College (The Hague, The Netherlands) in International Justice. She has contributed to publications for The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Georgetown Journal of International Law. Her article on reparations at the International Criminal Court will be published In the Transnational Law and Governance Routledge book series in 2022.

Rajesh K. Reddy

Global Animal Law and Animal Law Advanced Degree Program


Raj directs the Global Animal Law and Animal Law Advanced Degree Programs at the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. Outside of Lewis & Clark, he chairs the International Subcommittee of the Animal Law Section of the American Bar Association and serves as a board member for Minding Animals International. He has advanced human and nonhuman animal interests as part of his work for the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Human Rights Law Network in New Delhi, India.

Joan Schaffner

Associate Professor of Law,
George Washington Law


Joan Schaffner received a B.S. in mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) and J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of Southern California, and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Joan teaches Civil Procedure, Sexuality and the Law, Remedies, and Legislation and Regulation, and directs the GW Law Animal Welfare Pro Bono Project. Joan’s scholarship focuses on animal protection law. Ze has presented on animal law panels and conferences world-wide. Joan is the author of the book Introduction to Animals and the Law and of several book chapters including “Valuing Nature in Environmental Law: Lessons for Animal Law and the Valuation of Animals” in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? and “Value, wild animals and law” in Animal Welfare and International Environmental Law: From Conservation to Compassion.

On February 22 2021, the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association (ABA) adopted Resolution 101C