Whale Wars Update: The ICJ Is Not Exactly Rushing to Issue a Judgment
I was struck by this line from an editorial in an Australian paper about the latest clashes between Sea Shepherd (e.g. the Ninth Circuit’s “pirates”) and Japanese whalers:
[T]hat the International Court of Justice is expected to hear Australia’s case to shut down the Antarctic hunt later this year.
Three years after the case began, this hearing can’t come soon enough.
I agree. The ICJ judgment will not come down anytime before the spring of 2014. I know this is a complicated case but the timetable for this ICJ decision is really unacceptable. The original application was filed in 2010. If everyone is lucky, a decision will be issued a year from now, four years after the original application. (It could be longer). (I have been beating this dead horse for years, but I think I am still right about it).