Seal Killing, the Inuit and European Union Law

Authors

  • Ludwig Krämer


Abstract

In September 2009, the European Union (EU) adopted legislation that provides for a wide ban on trade in seal products, allowing, nonetheless, an exception for products resulting from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit and contributing to their subsistence. Natural and legal Inuit persons attacked this legislation before the European Courts, arguing that the derogation did not go far enough. This article retraces the discussion before the EU Courts, where an appeal procedure is pending on the question of whether the Inuit action is admissible.

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