International Animal Law Advisory Board

The International Animal Law Advisory Board is made up of internationally recognised representatives from the disciplines of ethics, law, and science. Reflecting the truly international tenor of IAL, the Advisory Board members also come from different areas of the world.


Dr Ian Robertson

Dr Ian Robertson is an unusual professional combination of qualified veterinarian and a Barrister (Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand). He has combined his training and experience to become an internationally recognized legal specialist on the subject of animals and the law.

Ian currently fulfils a variety of national and international roles as LITIGATOR, ADVISOR and EDUCATOR on matters involving issues of animal welfare. He is the DIRECTOR of International Animal Law, an external associate of the OIE  and BOARD MEMBER with several organisations dealing with the human-animal relationship.  He is also a LAW LECTURER and AUTHOR on the subject of animal law, and advises government, non-government organisations, and industry on a wide range of animal welfare matters. 

Ian has worked as a prosecutor for the Ministry for Primary Industries (New Zealand) and as the Statewide Specialist in Livestock Compliance and Enforcement (Australia). He is now legal DEFENCE COUNSEL and PRINCIPAL of GUARDIANZ LAWYERS AND CONSULTANTS which is a law firm specialising exclusively in animal law and related areas.


Dr Kate Millar

Director, Centre for Applied Bioethics, Faculty of Science, at the University of Nottingham in England. 

Kate has a physiology background (Leeds University first class honours degree) and PhD in biotechnology assessment and bioethical analysis from the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham. She continued in this field of research, working on projects examining the bioethical dimensions of technology assessment procedures and the role of multi-stakeholder participation.  Working in collaboration with Professor Ben Mepham, she worked on the development of decision-making frameworks that  assist policy-makers, particularly in relation to the assessment of novel (e.g. genetically modified) foods, animal and environmental biotechologies.

She is an internationally recognized leader in the ethical field with roles that include being a Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics (JAEE), Member of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Risk Communication Project Steering Group, and co-editor for the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EURSAFE). 


Dr Chris Gallavin

Chris Gallavin is a leading legal academic in international criminal law. First class honours in his law degree from the  University of Canterbury was just the start of his exemplary legal career. In 2001 Chris was awarded the Freyberg, New Zealand Defence Force, Scholarship and a full tuition and maintenance award from the University of Hull, England. This enabled him to read for a PhD at the University of Hull in international criminal law. He taught English and Welsh domestic criminal law and international law at the University of Hull for two years, then returned to New Zealand to take up his current position as a law lecturer at the University of Canterbury where, in addition to lecturing, he oversees selected postgraduate programs. 

His substantial list of publications include the book on Evidence (Wellington, LexisNexis, June 2008), chapters in Global Governance and the Quest for Justice: Volume IV: (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2004) and The Criminal Law of Genocide: International, Comparative and Contextual Perspectives (Oxford: Ashgate, 2007), and a host of articles, reports, and conference papers.


Dr Lila Miller


Dr. Lila Miller is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the Vice President of Veterinary Outreach and Veterinary Advisor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Adjunct Professor at the University of Penn and Cornell University. She has over 25 years of experience working in the field of shelter medicine, and started the first course in shelter medicine for veterinarians at Cornell University. She is the co-editor of the first textbook on shelter medicine entitled Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff

Dr Miller has received many awards for her professional contributions to veterinary medicine, including the 2008 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Animal Welfare Award, the 2005 Hills Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics award from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and additional awards from the American Humane Association and the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City.  


Dr Lindsay Matthews

Nationally and internationally over the past three and a half decades, Dr Matthews has made many leading and insightful contributions to improving the management of domestic and wild animals through research and an application of a fundamental understanding of animal behaviour.

A cornerstone of his work has been the development and utilisation of principles and methodologies from the fields of the experimental analysis of behaviour and behavioural economics for quantifying motivation and welfare in farm and laboratory animals. This work has set a standard for rigorous, objective assessment of an animal’s perceptions of its requirements. Areas where he has applied these methodologies include the identification of thermal thresholds in cattle and the effects of variation in body condition on animal welfare in sheep and cattle.