Friday, April 12, 2013
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it will hold public hearings in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening) from Wednesday 26 June to Tuesday 16 July 2013, at the Peace Palace in The Hague. Each party has been alloted two and a half days of argument in the first round of oral arguments and one and a half days of argument in the second round. Additionally, New Zealand has been alloted one morning of argument time to present its observations.
The ICJ will consider Australia's allegations that "Japan's continued pursuit of a large-scale program of whaling under the Second Phase of its Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic ("JARPA II") is in breach of obligations assumed by Japan under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling ("ICRW"), as well as its other international obligations for the preservation of marine mammals and the marine environment."
More information may be found in the ICJ press release.