Today, Lisa Blue is celebrating that the world is listening to THE CALL OF THE WHALE.
On 31 March 2014, the International Court of Justice (IJC) delivered its decision on the legal case brought by Australia against Japan to stop its so-called scientific whaling program (JARPA II) in the Antarctic.
The ICJ presented seven findings, the last of which is that Japan must revoke the permits that have allowed its whalers to kill whales in the Antarctic, and must not issue any more.
In other words – Japan must stop its Antarctic whaling.
This is based on their decision, by 12 votes to 4, that Japan’s whaling programm in the Antarctic is not in accordance with the provisions of the International Whaling Commission.
Importantly, the ICJ’s first finding was that it has the appropriate jurisdiction to make these rulings.
The Australian Government formally began its legal proceedings in May 2010, led by then Environment Minister Peter Garrett. The Opposition leader at the time, Tony Abbott, opposed the move stating that “a Coalition government would not take international legal action against Japanese whaling”.
The ICJ process is a long one, and the case was not heard in the Hague until mid-2013.
The rulings of the IWC are binding and final and cannot be appealed.