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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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UNCLOS-er than ever; why the U.S. should learn to stop worrying and love the law of the sea

By   /  December 19, 2013  /  International Law, News & Events, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

Robert Ballard, the oceanographer best known for discovering the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, has embarked on a ten-year project to map the U.S. underwater continental shelf. With a total combined area of 4.69 million square miles, the U.S. has the largest underwater holding in the world. These underwater seabeds are estimated to contain abundant natural resources critical to defense […]

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The United States Must Prosecute Pirates

By   /  February 28, 2011  /  Unsorted  /  Comments Off on The United States Must Prosecute Pirates

The recent deaths of four Americans at the hands of Somali pirates is leading military and legal scholars to question the ways in which the United States and the world community attempt to prosecutes pirates.   The recent standoff involved Somali pirates shooting a rocket propelled at naval forces and abruptly firing on board a vessel in which they had […]

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