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Maneesha Deckha

Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Law, University of Victoria

Maneesha Deckha's research and teaching interests include feminist analysis of law, reproductive rights, health law and bioethics

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Maneesha Deckha is Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. Her research and teaching interests include animal law, critical animal studies, feminist analysis of law, postcolonial legal studies, reproductive rights, health law and bioethics. Her work has been published in Canada and internationally in legal and interdisciplinary venues including the McGill Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Gender and Law, American Quarterly, Ethics & The Environment, Hypatia, and Sexualities. She has also contributed to several anthologies relating to feminism, cultural pluralism and health law and policy, and is the recipient of grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. In 2008, Deckha held the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law & Society at New York University. In July 2016, she was appointed Lansdowne Chair in Law at the University of Victoria.


  • University Teaching
  • Theory
  • Research
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Qualitative Research
  • Policy
  • Lecturing
  • Higher Education
  • Health Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory


  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law
    LL.B., 1998

    • Dean’s List, 1998 • Patricia Julia Myhal Scholarship for Excellence in Legal Writing, 1998 • Judy LaMarsh Prize for Outstanding Accomplishment in Feminist Legal Analysis, 1998 • Alan Borovoy Prize in Civil Liberties, 1998 • Senior Editor-Legal Theory, University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, 1997-98 • Blake, Cassels and Graydon Entrance Scholarship, 1995

  • McGill University
    Political Science, Anthropology, Women's Studies
    B.A. (Hons), 1995

    First Class Joint Honours • Dean’s List, 1991-95 • Alexander Mackenzie Scholarship in Political Theory, 1993 • James McGill Award, 1993 • Canadian Officer Training Corps Entrance Scholarship, 1991-95

  • Columbia Law School
    LL.M., 2002

    James Kent Honours