Pacific Rim and Oceania
On January 28, 2015, the High Court of Australia (Australia’s highest court) issued a decision examining the question of where to take a person who flees a country for fear of persecution and is intercepted in international waters by national authorities. The judgment arose from operation “Sovereign Borders,” Australia’s latest effort to stem the flow and resultant loss of life of people travelling without authorisation to Australia by sea.
On March 31, 2014, the International Court of Justice declared that Japan must halt its current whaling program in the Southern Ocean. The decision will not affect Japanâs whale hunt in the northern Pacific and it does not foreclose Japan from all whaling in the future, as long as it is conducted within the requirements of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). Nor does this decision affect the other two nations that currently conduct wh