On Tuesday, 12 July, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague handed down its ruling in dispute between the Philippines and China regarding the South China Sea. The landmark arbitration concerned the rights and maritime entitlements in the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which both countries are parties. China contested the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal and subsequently refused to participate in the arbitration. Although binding only on China and the Philippines, the seminal judgement will have major repercussions for all the states around the South China Sea and the international law of the sea in general.
Today’s ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration is a milestone for the governance of the South China Sea and international law of the sea. The arbitral award finds numerous breaches of international law by China, and in doing so pierces many holes in China’s expansive claims commonly known as the “nine-dash line”. For the Philippines, the next challenge is to translate this court victory into a building block for a multilateral solution for the South China Sea. This is the time to come together with its ASEAN partners and invite China to discuss a common future for the South China sea as a shared space of peace, commerce, and sustainable oceans governance.
Dr. Joris Larik, Senior Researcher
Following this development and related issues closely, The Hague Institute has already provided analysis in several instances.
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Dr. Joris Larik spoke to AFP about the upcoming court ruling on 12 July. The PCA ruling involves a highly-watched case brought by the Philippines challenging China’s claims to much of the strategic waterway.
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Dr. Joris Larik, Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute, spoke to Phoenix TV Hong Kong about the October 2015 ruling on jurisdiction by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the case between the Philippines and China concerning the South China Sea. Dr. Larik explained the legal aspects of the case, commenting also on China’s position in the arbitration and what influence the decision will have going forward.
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