IAL Advisory Board

The IAL 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  is an internationally recognised legal specialist on the subject of animals, welfare and the law, He is the unusual combination of a lawyer and veterinarian who serves in multiple advisory, consulting, and law lecturing roles on the subject of animal welfare and law. His teaching and consultancy roles are accompanied by the practical aspect of animal law from his role as a former government prosecutor (New Zealand) and now legal defence counsel dealing with animal welfare issues and alleged offending;
  • Dr Kate Millar is a sought after ethicist in Europe who is also the Director of the Centre for Applied Bioethics at the University of Nottingham in England;
  • Dr Chris Gallavin is an internationally recognised criminal law academic. Among his many achievements and contributions, Chris was previously Head of Law School at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and is now the Assistant Vice-Chancellor at Massey University (New Zealand). His consultancy activities have included posts and positions around the world including France and Washington DC (USA);
  • Dr Lila Miller is a veterinarian and Vice-President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USA) who also travels internationally lecturing and presenting on animal welfare issues. She is a specialist on shelter medicine, and the role of the veterinarian in issues of domestic violence and related animal abuse;
  • Dr Lindsay Matthews is an internationally recognised scientist who has made many outstanding and leading contributions to animal welfare science which includes developing a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of domestic and wildlife species and then applying this information to improve their management and welfare.


Dr Ian Robertson

Dr Ian Robertson has the unusual distinction of being both a qualified veterinarian, and a Barrister (Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand) who has combined his training and experience to become an internationally recognized legal specialist on the subject of animals and the law.

Ian originally trained as a VETERINARIAN, and ran a successful chain of veterinary practices in New Zealand. He simultaneously developed a media career as the face of veterinary medicine in New Zealand for almost 10 years through his work as presenter of all things animal as a television presenter, columnist for national magazines, publisher of three books on how to care for pets, and appearances on radio every Sunday morning as a talkback host dealing with a host of owners questions from skin problems to behavioural issues.  A highlight of his veterinary media career came when he was chosen to be one of a select few TELEVISION PRESENTER’s for Fox Television (USA) introducing endangered species from around the world to camera. After completing the contract with Fox television he returned to New Zealand and completed a law degree with the specific intention of getting involved in the field of Animal Welfare 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 (World Animal Health Organisation, New Zealand Collaboration Centre), and BOARD MEMBER of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organisations and the Veterinary Council of New Zealand.  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 New Zealand’s first law practice specialising exclusively in animal law and related areas of biosecurity and food safety. More>>


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.

Kate’s work includes conducting projects exploring stakeholder issues raised by the use of bioremediation technologies and the contribution of a participatory tool applied to aid research planning and management.

Her research interests include: Ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of biotechnology use in environmental remediation and animal systems; the development of multi-criteria frameworks to map issues relating to biotechnology use and the wider sustainability agenda; and the role of stakeholder participation in technology assessment.

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). More>>


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. 

Chris’s research interests and expertise lie in the broad area of criminal justice. In addition to his international reputation as a leading criminal law academic and activities which included a residency in Paris (France) in 2010, and a post in Washington DC (USA) in 2011, Chris also has special interests and expertise in the development of the International Criminal Court and the application of prosecutorial discretion on both the international and domestic stage.

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 which can be viewed by clicking here>>


Dr Lila Miller


Vice President of Veterinary Outreach and Veterinary Advisor to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA); Adjunct Professor at University of Penn and Cornell University(USA).

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. She is currently a member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and co-founder and past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. She is a past member of the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine, and continues to serve on leading boards and  professional associations. She travels and lectures extensively around the world on conferences and universities on subjects involving the veterinary professional including shelter medicine, anti-cruelty initiatives, and other topics that involve and affect animal welfare experts. More>>


Dr Lindsay Matthews

Director of Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Centre (ABWRC)

Nationally and internationally over the past two 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.

Other areas where Dr Matthews has demonstrated his aptitude for innovative, yet practical, behavioural science include: the development of non-chemical, humane methods of pain relief for use in farmed deer; development and utilisation of automated blood samplers for use on  free-ranging deer to identify humane methods for handling and transporting farmed deer; understanding societal dimensions relevant to the objective assessment of welfare; based on animal learning principles, development and patenting of a novel bird repellent that lessens the risk of harming native birds during mammalian pest control operations; contribution to the design and development of an exclusion barrier that protects indigenous New Zealand’s flora and fauna from common mammalian predators. More>>