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Dr Jane Kotzmann



Lecturer (International Law)


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


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. 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.

Jane obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and her Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching (Teach for Australia) from the University of Melbourne. Jane recently completed her PhD in relation to the human right to education.

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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

Teaching interests

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

Units taught

  • MLJ702 - Contract Law and Policy
  • MLL324 - Administrative Law
  • MLJ710 - Administrative Law and Policy
  • MLC206 - Marketing Law
  • MLL323 - Constitutional Law

Knowledge areas

  • Animal Rights and Animal Law
  • Human Rights
  • Public International Law
  • Administrative Law


  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2012.


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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

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

Jane Kotzmann

(2020), pp. 1-30, 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

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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

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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

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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