We’ll take Japan to court: PM

Peter Alford and Matthew Franklin; 20/2/10

┬áKevin Rudd has vowed to take Japan to the International Court of Justice if it doesn’t agree by November to stop Antarctic whaling, but a behind-closed-doors deal could blow a big hole in his case before then. A proposed compromise in the International Whaling Commission that allowed Japan to continue so-called scientific whaling, on a more restricted basis, could wreck Australia’s claim that the practice is illegal under international law. The Prime Minister yesterday demanded Japan reduce its Antarctic research quota to zero, from this summer’s maximum 985 whales. “If we don’t get that as a diplomatic agreement, let me tell you, we’ll be going to the International Court of Justice,” Mr Rudd said.

See: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/well-take-japan-to-court-pm/story-e6frg6nf-1225832387230; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/mill-critics-ready-to-cancel-gunns-pulp-mill-assault/story-e6frg6nf-1225832366929