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The elephant in the courtroom
How could animal protection be advanced through litigation before international courts?
Marina Lostal

The WTO has recently acknowledged that "animal welfare is a globally recognized issue" (EC-Seals Products, para. 7420), but international law on animal protection is very much lacking. Borrowing from Steven Wise`s approach, this paper proposes to fill this gap one step at a time using strategic litigation before international courts. For that purpose, the paper would map out the different courts -from The Hague to Geneva- and possible legal arguments that could be used to stop ignoring the elephant in the (court)room.










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