Dr. Deborah Cao

Professor Griffith University

Dr Deborah Cao is a Professor at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science of Griffith University. She is a linguist and a legal scholar.

Deborah has published in the areas of legal theory, legal language, Chinese law and legal culture and animal law, and is the Editor of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. In recent years she has been involved in the teaching of animal law at Griffith University and joined the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (UK) as a Fellow. She is also a contributor to the drafting of a proposed Law for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of the People’s Republic of China and has been working to promote animal law and welfare in China and Australia.

Her books include Chinese Law: A Language Perspective (2004), Translating Law (2007), Animal Law in Australia and New Zealand (2010), Animal Law in Australia (2015), Animals in China: Law and Society (2015), Chinese Language in Law (2018), and her edited books include: Interpretation, Law and the Construction of Meaning (2007), Animal Law and Welfare: International Perspectives (2016).