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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v Japan: New Zealand Intervening)

Elisabeth Andersen, Silja Vöneky

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 03 June 2023

Endangered species — Marine living resources — Object & purpose (treaty interpretation and)

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 In 2010, Australia instituted proceedings against Japan before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), asserting that Japan violated international law by issuing special permits to kill whales. Those permits were part of the Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic, called ‘JARPA II’, that took place for each whaling season since 2005–2006 until the decision of the Court. Australia argued that Japan breached its obligations under the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (‘ICRW’). The ICJ’s judgment in the...
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