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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Compliance Mechanism: International Whaling Commission

Malgosia Fitzmaurice-Lachs

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 July 2020

Endangered species — Marine living resources — International courts and tribunals, procedure — Compliance with international decisions — Fact-finding and inquiry

Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

1 There is no other object in international law which raises as many emotions and conflicting views as the whale. The whale is both an object of love and a utilitarian object treated as any other animal to fulfil the needs of human beings. The international legal regulation of the whale also demonstrates these conflicting aims. The 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (‘ICRW’ or ‘Convention’) has the binary object and purpose—ie the conservation and management of whale stocks—on the one hand, and the orderly development of the whaling...
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