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International Marine Mammal Law


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Nikolas Sellheim
    Pages 13-34
  3. Nikolas Sellheim
    Pages 35-56
  4. Nikolas Sellheim
    Pages 81-124
  5. Nikolas Sellheim
    Pages 125-156
  6. Nikolas Sellheim
    Pages 157-173
  7. Nikolas Sellheim
    Pages 189-198
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 199-225

About this book


International Marine Mammal Law is a comprehensive, introductory volume on the legal regimes governing the conservation and utilisation of marine mammals. Written as a textbook, it provides basic overviews of international conservation law, which enable the reader to understand the greater implications of governance of a specific group of species. Paired with biological information on some marine mammal species, the international regimes for whales, seals and polar bears are explored — either as part of global regimes of international environmental governance or as regimes that were specifically designed for them. The book concludes with outlooks on the future of international marine mammal law, particularly in light of Japan’s withdrawal from the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in July 2019.  


Mammal Law Ocean Law International Whaling Commission International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears Law of the Sea Fishermen's Protective Act Sustainable Whaling Regime

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UKPolar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI)LondonUK

About the authors

Nikolas Sellheim, Visiting Researcher at Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)

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“This textbook meets the author’s goal as a good departure for further studies on international marine mammal law for a wider audience. This book will be a good addition to the bookshelves, it provides a good material for basic courses at universities and for those outside the academeic world who are working on marine mammal related issues.” (Dele Raheem, The Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 12, 2020)