Science and Whales

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When the International Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that Japan’s whaling program was not “for the purposes of scientific research”, many thought whaling in the Southern Ocean would cease.

Yet Japanese vessels returned in 2016 with a new “scientific” program that killed over 300 whales.

As part of National Science Week 2017, join Dr Nick Gales, Dr Tony Press and Indi Hodgson-Johnston for a discussion of the lack of scientific credibility in Japan’s program and the difficulties in enforcing the ICJ’s ruling.


Dr Nick Gales

Nick is Director of the Australian Antarctic Division and Australia's current Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission. He was the lead scientific witness in the Australian Government’s challenge to Japan’s whaling program in the International Court of Justice.

Dr Tony Press

Tony is an Adjunct Professor at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and former Director of the AAD. He is an active commentator on Antarctic affairs, and author of “Science in the Court! The Role of Science in ‘Whaling in the Antarctic’”.

Indi Hodgson-Johnston

Indi is a lecturer at the University of Tasmania and PhD candidate in Public International Law, examining the validity of Australia’s claim to Antarctic Territory. She has authored a number of articles regarding the legal and diplomatic options in response to Japan’s whaling program, including “Murky Waters: Why is Japan Still Whaling in the Southern Ocean?

Notes: This is not a university event, and the views expressed are those of the speakers and not the University of Tasmania.

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