'Whaling in the Antarctic' before the International Court of Justice

Date & time
9am–1pm Friday 7 June 2013
Innovations Theatre, Innovations Building, corner of Eggleston and Garran Roads, The Australian National University


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In 2010 Australian commenced proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice with respect to Japan’s conduct of its JARPAII whaling program in the Southern Ocean. The case will commence its oral phase on 26 June 2013 with three weeks of hearings before the Court.

This conference seeks to review the background to the Whaling in the Antarctic case, the Australian application before the International Court of Justice, the proceedings to date, and the possible implications of the case for the International Whaling Commission. Consideration will also be given to the anticipated legal argument that will be made before the court, and New Zealand’s 2012 Declaration of Intervention and the February 2013 Order deciding that the New Zealand intervention was permissible.

These proceedings come at a pivotal time in the debate over the conduct of ‘scientific whaling’ under Article 8 of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and the decision of the International Court of Justice will have profound implications for how these issues are considered in the future.


Associate Professor Don Anton, ANU College of Law
Matthew Collis, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Professor Donald R. Rothwell, ANU College of Law
Associate Professor Tim Stephens, Sydney Law School


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