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Legal News
18 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] In defiance of an International Whaling Commission [official website] non-binding vote to impose strict limits on "scientific whaling," Japan on Thursday announced plans to proceed with a new round of culls scheduled for next year. The whale conservation organization voted at a meeting to require all scientific whaling programs … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] 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 … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The presidents of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] and the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] briefed [press release, UN News Centre report] the UN General Assembly [official website] Thursday, providing information on cases decided and currently in deliberation before the courts. ICJ President … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Wednesday began public hearings in the ongoing legal dispute between Australia and Japan over Japanese whaling near Antarctica. Australia argued [AFP report] at Wednesday's hearing that Japan is in violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling [materials] … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) [advocacy website] are modern-day pirates, clearing the path for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against them. The decision overturns a lower court ruling … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] New Zealand announced [press release; ICJ backgrounder, PDF] Friday that it will support Australia in an ongoing legal dispute before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] between Australia and Japan over Japanese whaling near Antarctica. Australia filed a complaint against Japan [JURIST report] in the ICJ in … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Two Japanese whaling groups filed suit [press release, PDF] Friday against US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) [advocacy website] in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website]. The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) [official website] and the Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha claim that … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Nov 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Hua Wang, Northwestern University School of Law Class of 2012, writes on the need for policies that combine market incentives with outright prohibitions to achieve enforcement and compliance with international environmental regimes...A regulatory framework allows countries to solve environmental problems that inherently are similar and conducive to … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Australia brought a complaint [materials] against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Monday for its whaling practices in the Antarctic. Australia initiated proceedings [JURIST report] in May 2010, and oral arguments are scheduled to begin in May 2012. Australia contends that Japan is in … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The tenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) [official website] on Saturday concluded its proceedings with delegates agreeing [press release, PDF] to the Nagoya Protocol. The protocol identifies 20 goals within five categories designed to protect biodiversity, including a 50 percent reduction in … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website] on Wednesday convicted [Sea Shepherd press release] 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]


Legal News
1 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Australian government on Monday initiated proceedings [press release, PDF] against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], claiming Japan has breached its obligations under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling [text; PDF]. The move was expected [JURIST op-ed] after the Australian government announced … [read more]


Legal News
28 May 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Australian Environmental Protection Minister Peter Garrett [official profile] announced Friday that the Australian government will file suit against Japan [press release] in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] seeking an injunction against "scientific whaling" in the Southern Ocean. Australia claims that it has exhausted all possible resolutions … [read more]


Legal News
27 May 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website] on Wednesday began [Sea Shepherd press release] the trial of 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. The Japanese court system does not accept … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The International Whaling Commission (IWC) [official website] unveiled a draft proposal [text, PDF; press release, PDF] Thursday that would make limited commercial whaling legal for the first time in 25 years. The proposal reflects a compromise for the countries that engage in whaling despite international law against it. Japan, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Japanese authorities on Friday indicted a New Zealand anti-whaling activist in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of an anti-whaling protest in the antarctic seas. Tokyo District Public Prosecutors [official website, in Japanese] are bringing five charges [AP report] against Captain Pete Bethune - trespassing, assault, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
3 Mar 2010

JURIST Guest Columnist Don Rothwell of Australian National University College of Law says that in the context of unpromising diplomatic negotiations between Japan and Australia with regard to Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean area, the Australian government will likely be left with no choice but to file suit against … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Australia has acquired exploration and drilling rights to an additional 2.5 million square kilometers of ocean shelf after a UN commission ruled that Australia's continental shelf extends farther than previously defined, the Australian government said Monday. The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] The International Whaling Commission [official website] voted 29-23 against lifting its ban on commercial whaling Tuesday at its 2005 annual meeting [agenda]. Japan had recently threatened to leave the organization [JURIST report] if it didn't allow for some sort of sanctioned whaling. The ban has been in place since … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2005
by Jamie Sterling

[JURIST] Japan threatened Friday to leave the International Whaling Commission [official website] to form a pro-whaling commission by 2006 if the 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling is not lifted and the IWC fails to establish a new whaling management system that would set quotas for whaling countries. Commercial whaling has … [read more]

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