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UNCLOS Arbitration Award in the South China Sea Dispute

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Foreign Relations, Law of the Sea, News & Events  /  No Comments

By Ryan Poitras Background: In June 2016, the United Nations’ Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal handed out its final award in Philippines v. China. The dispute centers around various islands and maritime zones in the South China Sea, specifically in the Spratly archipelago [1]. China’s “nine-dash line” is based on a map of the South China […]

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South China Sea Arbitration: Sink, Swim, or Abstain

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  International Law, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

China and the Philippines are locked in ongoing international arbitration related to the legality of Chinese claims to a vast section of the South China Sea (SCS).  The Arbitral Tribunal is not expected to reach a decision until late 2015 at the earliest, and even then, it is unlikely that competing claims to the SCS […]

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