Antoine F. Goetschel

Antoine Goetschel
President and Founder

Antoine graduated a Doctor of Law (J.D.) in 1989 with a thesis on animal welfare and basic rights. He has a career of 30 years in animal issues in national/international law and ethical practice. Antoine founded GAL in 2016


Bettina Brinkmann

Bettina Brinkmann

Bettina has a PhD in Philosophy and worked subsequently for several international media houses such as, Bertelsmann, the RTL group and Disney before joining the public institution ZDF in Germany and later the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva, where she was in charge of the entire TV area within the media department. She is on the board of a technology company in the US and co-founded a Think Tank for the food system. She has been active in the field of animal welfare for over 20 years and was, among other activities, on the board of KAG Freiland and has been co-president of GAL since April 2021.

Paul Tweddell

Paul Twedell
Solicitor, Operations Manager and UNCAHP Project Manager

Paul graduated in Law (LLB) and Applied Finance (BAppFin) at Macquarie University in Sydney. He completed his Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) at the College of Law and is admitted as a practising lawyer in Australia.

Prior to joining GAL, Paul worked at law firms in corporate law and immigration law, followed by working in animal welfare and protection at various organisations, international and local. He also works in abuse law for Shine Lawyers.

Maida Sabeta

Fundraising Manager

Maida graduated a Master of Laws (LLM) from Sarajevo University in 2007. She has a 17-year-long career in animal protection and 4 years of environmental law work experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maida worked for PETA Germany as a contract campaigner, Fur Free Alliance as a campaigner and liaison officer for Cruelty Free Europe on European Citizen Initiative, as well as for numerous international and national organizations. She has worked on many different, large-scale campaigns and projects, lobbying activities on various Eastern European and European laws, including drafting animal welfare and protection laws in Eastern Europe. Maida has developed strong skills in fundraising from the organizing of various events, conferences, campaigns, and projects, mainly in Eastern European countries.

Marie Heiglauer

Marie Heiglauer
Head of Administration

Marie studied law at the University of Zurich (Bachelor of Laws) and has been part of GAL since January 2019, handling administration as well as accounting from 2020.

Katya Sargeant

Legal Researcher

Kat graduated from the University of Oxford and is currently completing the Graduate Diploma in Law in London, UK with the intention of practising as an animal protection barrister. Prior to her Law studies, Kat worked at PETA UK where she focused on animal-free "veganic" agriculture policy research. At GAL, Kat is a Research Assistant and enjoys supporting the organisation's social media presence.

Julius Berrien

Julius Berrien
Research Associate

Julius holds an LLB from European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), an MA in Philosophy from Durham University and is planning to commence a PhD in law in 2022.

He was a member of the board of directors of the German Animal Welfare Party (Tierschutzpartei) and a co-founder of Sea Shepherd Germany.

Julius believes that in order to achieve better protection of animals through law, we must insert animal law into law school curricula all around the world. For that reason, he founded the Animal Law Academy ( in Berlin. Julius very much welcomes cooperation requests regarding this matter.

Milana Bagdasarian

Milana Bagdasarian
Legal Researcher

Milana is a senior year Bachelor's student in International Relations at Collegium Civitas University in Poland. Before joining GAL, she has been actively involved in research and volunteer work in the field of animal and environmental protection. Currently, Milana's focus is on raising greater awareness of the existing problems in animal law globally through her research on countries’ legislation and promoting UNCAHP.

Former employees

Dr. Sabine Brels

(Co-Founder & Project Lead UNCAHP)

Alexander Ferrari

(Legal Associate)

Marco Gianini

(Board member from 2016 until 2018)

Andrea Kellenberger

(Legal Associate)

Dominique Kramer

(Project coordinator)

Dr. Dominic Oertly

(COO, Legal Associate)

Andrea Rutishauser

(Board member from 2018 until 2021, Head of Operations, Fundraising, Public Relations)


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