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Dr Jane Kotzmann



Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Law School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2016
GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2015
Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce, Deakin University, 2005

+61 3 924 43906


Jane Kotzmann is a Lecturer in Deakin Law School. Jane obtained degrees in Commerce, Law (with Honours), and a PhD in human rights law from Deakin University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Teach for Australia) from the University of Melbourne. 

Since commencing at Deakin Law School in 2012, Jane has published research in relation to the human right to education, the human rights of disabled people, animal rights, and animal related laws. She has taught a variety of units, including human rights law, administrative law and contract law. She was a finalist for 'Academic of the Year' in the Australian Law Awards in 2019 and 2020.

Before embarking on her career in academia, Jane served as an associate in the inaugural Teach for Australia program. Prior to this, she was in private legal practice for a number of years, principally in commercial litigation.

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Research interests

  • Animal rights and more broadly animal law, in particular the potential extension of international human rights to non-human animals and international and comparative perspectives on animal law.
  • Human rights, including the theoretical underpinnings of human rights, the human rights-based approach and the right to education.


  • Australasian Animal Studies Association
  • Deakin Critical Animal Studies Network
  • Voiceless
  • Animals Australia
  • Sentient Media

Teaching interests

  • Animal Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Administrative Law

Units taught

  • MLL211 - Human Rights Law
  • MLM719 - Human Rights Law & Policy
  • MLL111 - Contract Law
  • MLJ702 - Contract Law and Policy
  • MLL324 - Administrative Law
  • MLJ710 - Administrative Law and Policy
  • MLC206 - Marketing Law
  • MLL323 - Constitutional Law


  • Invited participant, Animal Law Education Workshop 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Jane Kotzmann, 'A Human-Rights Based Approach to Higher Education and its Expected Outcomes', Seoul National University Human Rights Center Symposium, 8 November 2019

Media appearances

  • Jane Kotzmann, ‘The Hunt for Clarity’ (Sept 2020) Law Institute Journal, 32-35
  • Jane Kotzmann, ‘Sentience: What It Means and Why It’s Important’ 8 April 2020, Sentient Media,
  • ABC Radio, interview with Richelle Hunt and Warwick Long regarding animal testing in Victoria, 12 March 2020
  • Jane Kotzmann, ‘Condemning Indigenous Hunting Practices: Are We Throwing Stones From Glass Houses?’ 24 February 2020, Sentient Media,
  • Radio 2GB, interview with Michael McLaren regarding indigenous hunting, 8 December 2019
  • Sydney Morning Herald, interview with Mary Ward regarding cosmetic testing on animals, 28 November 2019
  • ABC Central West NSW, Legislative Recognition of Animal Sentience in the ACT, 9 October 2019
  • Jane Kotzmann, ‘ACT’s new animal sentience law recognises an animal’s psychological pain and pleasure, and may lead to better protections’, The Conversation, (3 October 2019)
  • Jane Kotzmann, 'Australia’s animal testing laws are a good start, but don’t go far enough', The Conversation (21 March 2019)
  • Jane Kotzmann, 'In higher education quality is in the eye of the beholder' The Conversation (26 August 2014)
  • Jane Kotzmann and Kay Souter, 'Higher education plans breach international rights covenant' The Conversation (23 June 2014)


  • Finalist, Academic of the Year, Australian Law Awards, 2019, 2020
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2012


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There is Value in Stating the Obvious: Why United States Legislatures Should Explicitly Recognize Animal Sentience in Their Laws

Jane Kotzmann, Morgan Stonebridge

(2021), Vol. 30, pp. 1-64, Cornell journal of law and public policy, Ithaca, N.Y., C1

journal article

Towards a coherent sentencing jurisprudence for animal cruelty offences

Gabrielle Wolf, Mirko Bagaric, Jane Kotzmann

(2021), Vol. 95, pp. 368-391, Australian law journal, [Pyrmont, N.S.W.], C1

journal article

Application of Work Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation Laws to On-Demand Workers in the Gig Economy: The Need for Legal Clarity

Jane Kotzmann, Jason Taliadoros, Rebecca Tisdale

(2021), Vol. 42, pp. 431-466, Adelaide Law Review, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1

journal article

Bringing animal protection legislation into line with its purported purposes: a proposal for equality amongst non-human animals

Jane Kotzmann, Gisela Nip

(2020), Vol. 37, pp. 247-317, Pace environmental law review, Carlisle, Pa., C1

journal article

Recognising the Sentience of Animals in Law: A Justification and Framework for Australian States and Territories

Jane Kotzmann

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 281-310, Sydney Law Review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Animal rights: time to start unpacking what rights and for whom

Jane Kotzmann, Nicholas Pendergrast

(2019), Vol. 46, pp. 157-200, Mitchell Hamline law review, Saint Paul, Minn., C1

journal article

A rational approach to sentencing offenders for animal cruelty: A normative and scientific analysis underpinning proportionate penalties for animal cruelty offenders

Mirko Bagaric, Jane Kotzmann, Gabrielle Wolf

(2019), Vol. 71, pp. 385-447, South Carolina Law Review, Columbia, S.C., C1

journal article

The human rights-based approach to higher education : why human rights norms should guide higher education law and policy

J Kotzmann

(2018), Oxford, Eng., A1


A human rights-based approach to compulsory treatment of young people experiencing mental disorder

J Kotzmann, N Bhatia, M McMahon

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 20-43, Australian journal of human rights, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Dignity in international human rights law: potential applicability in relation to international recognition of animal rights

J Kotzmann, C Seery

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 1-42, Michigan state international law review, East Lansing, Mich., C1-1

journal article

Lifting the cloak of conceptual confusion: Exploring the meaning of the human right to higher education

J Kotzmann

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 71-96, Australian journal of human rights, Chatswoood, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Bullying and harassment review

Ms Rebecca Tisdale, Dr Jane Kotzmann

  • 2019: $28,225


No completed student supervisions to report