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Pirates or Protesters?:
The Institute of Cetacean Research v. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
February 5, 2014 - 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Lewis Center, Room 903
25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Join the DePaul Center for Animal Law for a discussion on The Institute of Cetacean Research v. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The plaintiff, a Japanese research foundation that hunts whales, sued the defendant, an American non-profit organization of eco-activists that is best known for starring in the television series “Whale Wars,” over interfering with their activities.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found in favor of the plaintiff saying that the defendant, particularly founder Paul Watson, was “without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be.” Sea Shepherd was enjoined from coming within 500 yards of a whaling vessel and from attacking whaling vessels.
Our panel will feature Harris & Moure, pllc, attorneys Charles Moure and Rebecca Millican who represent Sea Shepherd. They will analyze how the ruling may affect international maritime law, the future of the group, and the actions of other ecological-focused protesters. Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is scheduled to appear via SKYPE.
A free vegetarian lunch and drinks will be served. 1.5 hours of CLE credit will be available.