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A guest blog on the issues at the ICJ by Dr Sidney Holt

Thoughts on the case about ‘scientific whaling’ brought to the International Court of Justice by the Government of Australia against the Government of Japan by Sidney Holt By the end of the first week of hearings on this case in The Hague that began at the end of June, several excellent commentaries had been posted on…

It’s 1999 all over again

Japan’s arguments in the ICJ today reminded me of the 1999 ruling by the International Tribunal For the Law of the Sea with respect to Japan’s proposal to start ‘scientific tuna fishing’ for endangered Southern Bluefin tuna. Recently,  Scientific American discussed the fact that Japan is not regulating some of its own fisheries on scientific…

Japan’s strategy is a simple one – get around the IWC Commission

For many years we have been concerned that Japan has been trying to bypass the IWC Commission, the actual decision making body, and seek to load the Scientific Committee with it’s own scientists and invited friends, – and then rely on their support for its expanding commercial whaling programmes. Greenland and Denmark are currently trying…

Japan argues that it's a 'scientific debate, not a legal one'

Japan is currently testifying at the ICJ, The Hague and arguing that the court should not rule in favour with Australia as this is simply a ‘scientific debate amongst scientists’. The core of their argument is that Japan is not required to gain approval from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), simply to submit their whaling…

Australia’s motivation: Japan attacks

Whilst Australia’s motivation for bringing the case on Japanese Scientific Whaling to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) may be the result of domestic public pressure, the Government of Japan seems to have a more sceptical perspective.  Presenting their oral arguments to the court Japan argued that: ‘Another aspect of the case pertains to confining the…

The IWC and 'scientific whaling'

At the International Court of Justice, Japan is trying hard to argue that its current whaling is not commercial. It also argues that there is no problem with its whaling and tries to imply that the IWC has no problem with its whaling activities. However, looking back at previous statements of the IWC we can…