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.
"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 academic world who are working on marine mammal related issues."
– Dele Raheem, The Yearbook of Polar Law, Vol. 12, 2020