Australia will make its opening arguments against whaling in the Southern Ocean at the International Court of Justice on 26th June 2013.
The Australian government initiated legal action against Japan in 2010 to try and stop whaling in the Southern hemisphere.
Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, said in a statement:
“Australia’s views on whaling are well established – we strongly oppose all commercial whaling, including so-called ‘scientific’ whale hunting by Japan. More than 10,000 whales have been killed since 1988 as a result of Japan’s whaling programs in the Southern Ocean (JARPA and JARPA II).”
“We believe Japan’s so-called ‘scientific’ whaling is contrary to its international obligations and we want to see this practice brought to a halt once and for all.”
“Australia and Japan agree the International Court of Justice is the best place to resolve differences between friends. Both countries value our strong bilateral relationship and the friendship forged between our nations over many years.”
“We hope for a decision from the Court by the end of the year.”
Australia’s legal team will consist of; The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP – Australia’s Attorney-General, Mr Justin Gleeson SC – Australia’s Solicitor-General, Mr Henry Burmester QC, Professor James Crawford SC, Professor Philippe Sands QC, Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Mr Bill Campbell QC.