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Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan)

Issue in International Court of Justice

Japan was party to the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and other international obligations for the preservation of marine mammals and the marine

environment. Japan established the mission JARPA to obtain more information about whales and their numbers. However, Australia accused Japan of pursuing whaling under the Second 

Phase of its Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit (JARPA II). Australia maintains that Japan’s purpose has not been to research scientific data, as Japan has used

lethal methods. Australia argues that Japan’s claim that its activities are ‘for purpose of’ scientific research does not fall within Article VIII.



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