The South China Sea Arbitration and Its Critics

The South China Sea Arbitration and Its Critics
Date
16 Oct 2018, 17:30 to 16 Oct 2018, 19:00
Type
Seminar
Venue
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR
Description

The South China Sea Arbitration and Its Critics

Speaker: Dr Kirsten Sellars,  Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. 

When the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea was negotiated it was presented as a new kind of treaty appropriate to a new kind of world, agreed by consensus and delivered as a package. More recently, however, some Asian states have questioned whether this regime is as appropriate or effective as its proponents once believed. 

A case in point is the arbitral tribunal, constituted under a Convention annex, that in July 2016 found for the Philippines against China over the South China Sea. In recent months, Chinese scholars have published a response which rebuts this decision point by point. 

The tribunal’s reasoning and the critics’ arguments raise pressing questions — not just about maritime entitlements in the South China Sea, but also about the efficacy of the regime’s mechanisms for the settlement of disputes. 

Dr Kirsten Sellars is currently Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, and the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. Her research focuses on the law of the sea and the law governing uses of force, with particular emphasis on Asian perspectives.

This event is free but advance booking is required.  All Welcome.

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