Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Martha Howton


In 1993 Norway announced its intention to resume commercial whaling despite an international whaling moratorium in effect since 1986. This moratorium has been rendered worthless by Norway's insistence that it is within its legal rights, and by the dependence of the International Whaling Commission on the United States to enforce the Commission's decisions. As other whaling countries make plans to follow Norway's lead, it is necessary to find a way to effectively regulate whaling before it results in the extinction of the great whales. This Note explores the background of the International Whaling Commission, analyzes the whaling moratorium and Norway's reaction to it, and finally evaluates possible solutions to this international dilemma.