Whales and the Law of the Sea

Whales and International Environmental Governance

A governance framework for whales must enable and encourage participants and stakeholders to cooperate in a spirit of global partnership. The goal should be to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the global whale populations as part of the overall goal of the sustainability of the oceans and seas implementing the ecosystem and precautionary approaches.

A look at the international environmental governance of whales. Article by Duncan Currie, published in Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL), April 2007.

Whales: Options for Reform

View powerpoint presentation given to Victoria University's New Zealand Centre for Public Law on July 19, commenting on lecture by Prof. Don Rothwell of Australia National University, of the Sydney Panel of Independent International Experts on Japan’s Special Permit (“Scientific”) Whaling under International Law.IWC Reform. View in flash or html

In April Pew Charitable Trusts held a Symposium in New York on the state of whale conservation. Pew held a meeting before the IWC to explain the results of the symposium.

The IWC following its 59th meeting in Anchorage is to hold a special meeting in March to discuss IWC reform. Other important components of the reform process are the Buenos Aires declaration of December 2006 and the Japanese meeting in February. Pew Charitable Trusts held a symposium in Tokyo in January 30-31 reported by ENB.

The Ecosystem Approach

How does the whale/fish relationship addressed in international law and institutions?

Duncan Currie's paper for WWF, sponsored by Austria at IWC 59 in Anchorage on the ecosystem approach. Open pdf from IWC Site or local copy




Australian Federal Court decision in Humane Society Int'l v Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha




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