[Book review] : International marine mammal law by Selheim, Nikolas

Offor, Iyan (2021) [Book review] : International marine mammal law by Selheim, Nikolas. Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law, 30 (3). pp. 417-420. ISSN 2050-0394 (https://doi.org/10.1111/reel.12394)

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Book review of International marine mammal law by Sellheim, Nikolas, Published by Springer, 2020, 225 pp, €70.84, hardback. Tensions reign among communities with vested interests in the regulation of marine mammal hunts. Foremost among these tensions are those between advocates of sustainable use and conservationists, between hunting communities (indigenous and commercial) and animal liberationists, and crucially, between the animals themselves and the human legal systems and actors that profess to govern their lives. Each of these tensions are borne out in interesting ways in Nikolas Sellheim's new book which forwards an anthropocentric narrative on international marine mammal law, by focusing on and elevating the interests of humans over those of marine mammals.