Poor whales: The International court of Justice examines the illegal whaling.
«I solemnly declare that I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as judge honorably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously» — with this traditional vow honorable judges started the International Court of Justice’s first session.
Dressed in real gowns judges from Russia, Germany, Uzbekistan and Bulgaria raised a very important ecological question. They discussed illegal whaling in the Antarctic that breaches international obligations. Australia, which was represented by advocate Julieta Nikolova, came out for preventing Japan, which was represented by advocate Mikhail Zakharov, from commercial whaling.
Sitting at the almost oval table students from of different universities, such as Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Perm State National Research University, Dresden University of Technology, etc., tried themselves as international judges. They were helped by President Emily Goldenberg and Vice-President Daria Sharafutdinova.
And what about the topic put on the agenda? The matter is that in 1982 the IWC adopted a moratorium on whaling for commercial purposes, fixing the maximum catch of whales to be taken in any seasons at zero. After that Japan launched two programmers ( JAPRA I and II) which permitted Japan to «kill, take and treat whales for the purposes of scientific research».
Julieta Nikolova showed video about consuming whale meat, which Japanese consider a part of their culture. So, Australia insisted on stopping whaling in all forms. As an answer Japan asked for a permission to find more information about positive results of their researches.
President of the International Court of Justice mentioned that the level of advocate’s professionalism was very high. «Both of the lawyers are doing great. They’ve prepared very good positions, they’ve found very strong arguments to the legal points and facts to prove their position» — said Emily Goldenberg. She also added that the next day would be the chance for judges to show themselves.
At the end of the first session of the International Court of Justice it became absolutely obvious that all the participants were not random people. Everybody in the ICJ was really interested in problem of whaling. So, during five hours of lively discussion have been lasting and the level of language spoke in the committee was really hihg.
To cover at all, participants of the ICJ’s model were satisfied with the result of the first day. After the session they were going to visit the MIMUN concert and than prepare their new ideas fort he following session.