Katie Sykes

PhD Candidate

Why Dal?

I decided to come to Dal because I knew I wanted to focus my research on animal law and luckily there was a wonderful prof here who was willing to work with me.

What inspires me

Law is all about seeing multiple sides to the story. I’ve always enjoyed the problem-solving skills required in law because they fit nicely with the way I think. I am most interested in international trade law, public international law and animal law.

Related information

SSRN page
Faculty page (Thompson Rivers University)


  • BA (Queen’s)
  • JD (Toronto)
  • LLM (Harvard)
  • LLM (Dalhousie)


Awards, honours, conferences

  • Sustainable Oceans Conference Dalhousie University, April 12-13, 2013: “The Debate Over Grey Seals and Atlantic Cod,” with Tsafrir Gazit and Damian Lidgard
  • Fourth International “Fostering A Scholarly Network” Four Societies Conference Berkeley, California, September 27-29, 2012: “Hunger Games Without Frontiers: The Right to Food and State Obligations to Migrants”
  • Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference Ottawa, Ontario, November 4, 2011: “‘Nations Like Unto Yourselves’: Animal Protection, Cultural Diversity and International Law”
  • Thinking About Animals Conference Brock University, Saint Catharines, Ontario, March 31, 2011: “Medieval Animal Trials and the Trouble with Animal Rights”