International law should recognize animals as sentient beings and ensure compliance with the rules adopted to protect them. Anne Peters, a jurist and academic of recognized prestige, offers the readers some insight into the results of her research and teaching in which she has engaged for many years with competence and generosity. Nothing is missing in this book. The author introduces the topic by emphasising its global aspects. She explains the international rules: the status of fauna, the OIE action, the animal welfare standards, the public and private actors. She examines the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, the ICJ judgement on Whaling in the Antarctic of 2014, the EU law standards on production animals, as well as the complex issues that arisen from the international trade of animals. She also deals with a little-known topic: the protection of animals in the law of armed conflicts. She analyses the broad topic of animal rights in order to overcome the current difficulties in their configuration and indicate new perspectives.
The Hague Academy of International Law , 2021