The Tribunal in the case brought by the Philippines against China in relation to the South China Sea has recently given its decision on whether it has jurisdiction to entertain the claims. Although it only found unequivocally that it has jurisdiction over three of the fifteen claims, this paper explains why in a number of respects the argumentation used by the Tribunal is weak. In particular it questions whether the Tribunal was right to proceed when issues of maritime delimitation and disputes over territorial sovereignty are outside its jurisdiction. The paper also criticizes the manner in which the Tribunal reached the conclusion that there was no undertaking to solve any disputes in the South China Sea through other means.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Whomersley: The South China Sea: The Award of the Tribunal in the Case Brought by Philippines against China—A Critique
Chris Whomersley (formerly, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom) has posted The South China Sea: The Award of the Tribunal in the Case Brought by Philippines against China—A Critique (Chinese Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract: