Serrin Rutledge-Prior

Serrin Rutledge-Prior
Australian National University | ANU · School of Politics & International Relations

Doctor of Philosophy Candidate


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Citations since 2016
5 Research Items
32 Citations
I am a PhD Candidate with the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. My thesis focuses on the place of animals within the legal system. In particular, I explore whether the concept of legal personhood is useful for improving animals' legal protection. My other key research interests lie in the fields of political philosophy, and animal and environmental ethics.
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August 2022 - present
The University of Arizona
  • Visiting Scholar


Publications (5)
What are the key structural barriers that are preventing animals from gaining access to greater legal protection and, thus, greater justice? Animals are protected under welfare and anti-cruelty laws around the world and can even, under an interest theory account of rights, be said to have legal rights. Nevertheless, animals' legal inclusion remains...
Should animal advocates be allowed to publicly display graphic footage of how animals live (and die) in industrial animal use facilities? Cube of truth (‘cube’) demonstrations are a form of animal advocacy aimed at informing the public about the realities of animals’ experiences in places such as slaughterhouses, feedlots, and research facilities,...
Drought is a normal part of the variable Australian climate, occurring on average every thirteen years since 1870. Changes in agricultural policy since the 1980s have attempted to shift more of the drought risk from the state to the producer. During drought, however, governments feel political pressure to support the industry financially. The icono...
The thesis of this paper is that certain nonhuman animals could be conceived of as capable of moral motivation and subsequent moral behavior, with the appropriate behavioral, psychological and cognitive evidence. I argue that a certain notion of morality—morality as the process of conscious, reasoned deliberation over explicit moral concepts—is exc...
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Compared to most other advanced democracies, Australia experiences fairly high levels of both intentional and unintentional informal (or invalid) voting. Using survey data obtained predominantly from the Australian Election Study and aggregate-level data derived mainly from the Australian Census, we explore whether young people are more likely to c...


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