“The Australian government considers Japan’s whaling program is contrary to its international obligations and should stop,” said Ms Roxon. Norway also hunts whales, but since Japan is nearer, I guess Japan becomes the victims in this case. Both Australia and Japan have filed their detailed written arguments to the court and the case has been set down for oral hearing in The Hague.

The Australia government anticipates the case is likely to be listed for hearing in the latter half of next year.