LLM candidate (2020); MSc (Edinburgh); BA, LLB Hons. (Auckland)
Bianka Atlas is a New Zealand qualified lawyer and LLM Animal Law candidate at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon (graduating Summer 2020). Bianka graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Psychology double major) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland, and subsequently completed a Master of Science in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Before joining the LLM program, Bianka worked in government, community law and the non-profit sector, with a human rights focus. She has expertise in refugee status determination and refugee resettlement for the New Zealand government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
While studying at Lewis & Clark, Bianka was a student in the Animal Law Clinic, conducting research for several clients and contributing to the establishment of the first World Aquatic Animal Day. She was the LLM representative for the Animal Legal Defense Fund Sudent Chapter and member of Students for International Environmental Law.
Bianka has broad interests in animal law, with her overarching objective being to drive systemic change in the legal status and treatment of animals in New Zealand and globally. She looks forward to engaging with the global animal law community to develop and use the law strategically and creatively to achieve justice for animals.