March 31, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Japan cannot continue its annual whale hunt, finding that it is not being carried out for the scientific purposes the Japanese government had claimed. This 12-4 decision was the result of a suit brought against Japan by Australia, which ...[read more]
June 27, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday began public hearings in the ongoing legal dispute between Australia and Japan over Japanese whaling near Antarctica. Australia argued at Wednesday's hearing that Japan is in violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Keith Herting
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that the US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) are modern-day pirates, clearing the path for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against them. The decision overturns a lower court ruling which found ...[read more]
November 25, 2012
by Max Slater
New Zealand announced Friday that it will support Australia in an ongoing legal dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) between Australia and Japan over Japanese whaling near Antarctica. Australia filed a complaint against Japan in the ICJ in May 2011 arguing that Japan's whaling ...[read more]
May 9, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 9, 2011, Australia brought a formal complaint against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding its' whaling practices in Antarctica. Australia contended that Japan is in violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling by failing to meet the ...[read more]
December 9, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Two Japanese whaling groups filed suit Friday against US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) and the Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha claim that the SSCS and its founder ...[read more]
May 9, 2011
by Michael Haggerson
Australia brought a complaint against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday for its whaling practices in the Antarctic. Australia initiated proceedings in May 2010, and oral arguments are scheduled to begin in May 2012. Australia contends that Japan is in violation of the ...[read more]
April 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On April 22, 2010, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unveiled a draft proposal that would have made limited commercial whaling legal for the first time in 25 years. The proposal reflected a compromise for the countries that engage in whaling despite international laws against it. Japan, ...[read more]
July 7, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The Tokyo District Court on Wednesday convicted New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune on five criminal charges in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of a protest in the Antarctic. Bethune was convicted of assault, trespass, destruction of property, illegal ...[read more]
June 1, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
The Australian government on Monday initiated proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), claiming Japan has breached its obligations under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. The move was expected after the Australian government announced last ...[read more]

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