Hira Jaleel – Animal Law Teaching Fellow, Lewis & Clark Law School; Hira is the first lawyer from Pakistan specializing in Animal Law. She is an animal law practitioner, academic and scholar and explores ecofeminist principles in her teaching and research. Through her work, Hira hopes to broaden legal praxis in Pakistan to include not only all humans but also animals and the environment.
The law has historically not treated women as equals, and has often worked to reproduce systematic gender inequity. Even in this day and age, the law can be wielded as a weapon to subjugate and sideline those most vulnerable. The presence of women within the legal profession is crucial to reimagine the law and to redesign the legal system such that it operates to uphold justice and the rule of law.