Professor Deckha practiced with the Ministry of the Attorney General until 2001 and is currently a non-practicing member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She joined the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in Victoria, Canada, as an Assistant Professor in 2002 after completing her graduate thesis on gender and cultural equality at Columbia Law School. Her research interests include feminist legal theories, law and culture, bioethics, and the boundaries between property and personhood, especially as they relate to non-human animals.
Her work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Hastings Women's Law Journal, the UCLA Women's Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Gender and Law and the Journal of Animal Law and Ethics. She teaches Bioethics, Personhood and the Law, Feminist Legal Theories, Property, Administrative Law and Legal Process. In 2006, her seminar on Animals, Culture and the Law received the U.S. Humane Society's Animal and Society New Course Award. She is a member of several academic associations and serves as part of the National Steering Committee for the National Association of Women and the Law.
In 2008, Deckha was promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and was also selected as a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar to take up the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Law and Society at New York University for the Fall 2008 semester.