New Angles on Whaling Law

Whaling and International Law by Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Cambridge 2015)
Forum: 6 April 2016, Queen Mary University

The latest treatise by Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary University) will be the subject of an upcoming forum chaired by Professor David Caron (King's College London). It is a timely publication in light of the strong-worded 2014 Judgment by the International Court of Justice in Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia & New Zealand v. Japan), in which the Court ruled that there was no scientific case for Japan's lethal research programme in the Southern Ocean. Yet the book may be more urgent still, in light of past weeks in which Japan has rebutted accusations from the scientific community and others that its current whaling programme flouts the Court's Judgment, while observers have reported that Japan's whaling fleet has suddenly gone incognito.

Japan removed disputes over "living resources of the sea" from the Court's compulsory jurisdiction in October 2015. This dejudicialization of the issue suggests that non-whaling States may wish to obtain a broad understanding of the legal and policy mechanisms of the International Whaling Commission, its interactions with other international frameworks, and the treatment of shared resource interests in common spaces. Professor Fitzmaurice's volume addresses these and cross-cutting issues, such as cultural diversity, environmental ethics, and intersecting State interests and indigenous rights.

Purchase the book, read the Introduction, or click the right image to enlarge the Table of Contents. 

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