Visiting Professor discusses whaling, conservation and animal welfare in international law

October 2016

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Professor Werner Scholtz, from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa visited the law school this week, and presented a paper on whaling, conservation and animal welfare to staff and students from the law school and beyond. Entitled “Killing Them Softly? Animal Welfare and the Inhumanity of Whale Killing: From Conservation to Compassion”, Professor Scholtz discussed the legal, scientific and ethical state of the art around this controversial issue, and argued that the recognition of an international norm of animal welfare has the potential to make progress towards the non-lethal utilization of whales.

This visit is also an opportunity to further develop connections between the University of the Western Cape Law Faculty, and the Lincoln Centre for Environmental Law and Justice. Professor Scholtz is the director of the Regional African Law and Human Security programme (RALHUS) www.ralhus.co.za which colleagues at Lincoln have contributed to. The call for papers is open for the next RALHUS seminar on Sustainable Development Goals, which will be held in Stellenbosch on 7 April 2017.