The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Japan’s whaling: implications for the European Union

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling against Japan’s whaling: implica

As the global intergovernmental body charged with the conservation of whales and the management of whaling, the IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling which came into effect in 1986. The decision to create a Southern Ocean (Antarctic Region) Whale Sanctuary was approved in 1994. The IWC also adopted a ban on factory ship whaling for species other than minke whales.

Japan has however continued to catch whales, justifying its operations as ‘scientific whaling’ and issuing scientific whaling permits under Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.

Experts

Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Dr. Ralf (Perry) Sonntag, Country Director, Germany
Country Director, Germany
Isabel McCrea, Regional Director, Oceania
Regional Director, Oceania
IFAW Japan Representative
IFAW Japan Representative
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Whales