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Compromise in the IWC: Is it possible or desirable?


Iliff, MS, Compromise in the IWC: Is it possible or desirable?, Marine Policy, 32, (6) pp. 997-1003. ISSN 0308-597X (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2008.02.003


It is widely assumed that a compromise position must be reached between pro- and anti-whaling groupings within the International Whaling Commission. This assumption is based on the belief that the Commission will collapse in the absence of any such compromise, and has been the driving force behind a number of compromise proposals in recent years. This paper argues that the fundamental positions of the two groups are so different, and that both groups are getting enough from the current position as to make it unattractive to either group to make any serious concessions toward a compromise position.

The suggested solution is for the two groups to "agree to disagree"; using the resulting improvement in goodwill between them to focus on cooperation on those aspects of whale conservation on which they can agree.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:whaling, International Whaling Commission
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International organisations
UTAS Author:Iliff, MS (Mr Mike Iliff)
ID Code:55248
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2009-03-06
Last Modified:2013-09-24
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