ICJ Hears Case of Whaling in Antarctic: Australia vs. Japan
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.
Penelope Ridings, the Agent of New Zealand in the case and International Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, at the opening of the hearings.