Book Review: Nick Pyenson’s “Spying on Whales. The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Largest Animals.”

This review was originally published in Polar Record on 2 April 2019 (here). Whales are indeed fascinating animals. Their gigantic size, their cultural and social characteristics, their being mammals living in a marine habitat all make whales and their benign nature “almost a human dream of alien life: approachable, sophisticated and inscrutable” (p. 26). Over …

Book Review: Braverman’s and Johnson’s “Blue Legalities: The Life and Laws of the Sea.”

(This review was originally published in Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law: https://doi.org/10.1111/reel.12393) The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) has been heralded as one of the most comprehensive and most im- pressive legal instruments ever concluded under the auspices of the United Nations. And indeed, this ‘constitution of …

Book Review: Tanya Wyatt’s “Is CITES Protecting Wildlife? Assessing Implementation and Compliance.”

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which was adopted in 1973 and entered into force two years later, has been hailed as one of the most successful multilateral conservation treaties in the world. This is also because it now has a membership of 183, which is one …