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Whaling and International Law

ISBN13: 9781107021099
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Whales are regarded as a totemic symbol by some nations and as a natural marine resource by others. This book presents a complex picture of legal problems surrounding the interpretation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and the role of its regulatory body, the International Whaling Commission.

Contemporary whaling is about the competing interests of whaling nations (which are in the minority), non-whaling nations (which are in the majority) and indigenous peoples. Whales are covered by many international conventions, which has led to a very fragmented legal situation and does not necessarily ensure that whales are protected.

Environmental Law, Public International Law
1. The history of whaling
2. The International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling
3. The International Whaling Commission
4. Cultural diversity
5. Environmental ethics, animal rights and the law
6. The IWC and its interaction with other organisations and conventions
7. Indigenous whaling
8. A case study of the protection of the narwhal whale
Appendix 1. Taxonomy of whales: a brief introduction
Appendix 2.
1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.