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Regulating the Whale Wars: freedom of protest, navigational safety and the law of the sea in the Polar Regions

Caddell, Richard 2015. Regulating the Whale Wars: freedom of protest, navigational safety and the law of the sea in the Polar Regions. Yearbook of Polar Law 6 (1) , pp. 497-544. 10.1163/1876-8814_018

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Abstract

In recent years, strong concerns have been raised over the increasing numbers of disorderly protests and aggressive activism at sea. Maritime protests raise difficult – and understudied – legal questions concerning the boundaries between the legitimate application of rights of freedom of speech and assembly on the one hand, and the need to ensure safety of navigation on the other. This article examines the legal arguments in favour of maritime protest as well as national responses to it, in the context of two Polar case studies. Firstly, this article appraises the confrontational activism of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in its anti-whaling campaign in Antarctica, and the problematic application of anti-piracy legislation to more aggressive campaign groups. Secondly, this article examines the position in relation to oil platforms, as exemplified by the Prirazlomnaya dispute in the Arctic, as well as controversial developments in Antarctic jurisdictions. In so doing, this article argues that the protection accorded to direct action protests at sea is considerably more limited than many campaign groups might appreciate.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Publisher: Brill
ISSN: 1876-8814
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 4 September 2013
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 16:27
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/91901

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