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International Court of Justice to decide what science is in whaling case



17 July 2013

Associate Professor Tim Stephens says Australia's legal case against Japan's whaling program requires the International Court of Justice to decide what science is.

Speaking to ABC TV Breakfast, Associate Professor Stephens says, "When it comes down to it, the Australian argument is essentially that this is very bad science that Japan is engaged in, it doesn't really have a clear hypothesis, and that it's not necessary to kill whales to gather the information they say they want.

"For Japan's part, it's saying that under the whaling convention, mere monitoring of a species is sufficient, you don't have to have a hypothesis, you can simply go out there and catch a number of whales.

"So on the one hand, Australia is saying there should be limits on what science involves, whereas Japan is saying that there are no limits and that any gathering of information is sufficient."

View the interview - Legal ruling on whaling could take months - video available

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