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Landmark ICJ ruling bans Japan's Southern Ocean whale kill

Landmark ICJ ruling bans Japan's Southern Ocean whale kill

Updated 1 April 2014, 10:59 AEST

The International Court Of Justice has delivered what many consider a shock landmark ruling, banning Japan's whaling programme in the southern ocean.

The judges ruled 12 -4 in favour of Australia's case that japan was carrying out commercial whaling in the guise of scientific research.

The ruling is binding, and there is no mechanism for appeal.

It's caused shockwaves around the world.

Japan has said it's bitterly disappointing, but it will comply with the ruling.

Presenter: Mary Gearin, Europe Correspondent

Speaker: Peter Tomka, president, International Court Of Justice; Pete Bethune, Anti whaling campaigner

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