The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, today started its hearings in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia vs. Japan; New Zealand intervening). The ICJ today heard the first arguments of Australia. These hearings will continue until 16 July 2013. ICJ judgments are final and binding upon the parties. Recent statistics show that these judgments are usually expected within a four to six months period.
Koji Tsuruoka, the Agent of Japan in the case and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the opening of the hearings.