Whale Wars Day of Judgment: ICJ Rules Against Japan
Here is the ICJ’s decision in “Whaling in the Antarctic” (Australia v. Japan, New Zealand intervening). Here is the Registry’s summary. The vote was unanimous on jurisdiction, and then 12-4 on the rest in Australia’s favor with judges Owada, Abraham, Bennouna, Yusuf dissenting. There was one aspect of the decision that went in favor of Japan (13-3) but that aspect of the decision shouldn’t affect the overall outcome significantly.
I won’t pretend to have digested this judgment in any rigorous way. I will note that the judgment calls on Japan to “revoke any extant authorization, permit or licence granted in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits in pursuance of that programme.” Japan’s implementation (or non-implementation) of this remedy will be worth watching going forward.