Australia is to fire the opening salvoes in a legal battle before the United Nations' highest court in June aimed at stopping Japan's whaling research programme in Antarctica.
Fishermen slaughter a 10m-long bottlenose whale at the Wada port, Chiba prefecture, Japan in June 2008. Australia is asking the United Nations' highest court to stop Japan's whaling research programme in Antarctica.
"The International Court of Justice... will hold public hearings in the case concerning whaling in the Antarctic, Australia versus Japan, from Wednesday 26 June," the Hague-based ICJ said in a statement on Thursday.
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