Tag Archives: Arbitration

PH to China on sea row: Respect rule of law, honor UN tribunal ruling

The Philippines is not giving up its claims on the South China Sea as President Aquino once again pressed China to respect the rule of law and honor the ruling of the United National arbitral tribunal that it has jurisdiction over the maritime dispute case. “As the arbitration process we have entered into continues to […]

Indonesia May Take China To Court Over South China Sea

Jakarta is contemplating the possibility of taking China before an international court if Beijing refuses to back down on its claims over the majority of the South China Sea and part of Indonesian territory through dialogue. Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea with a nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime hub […]

Would Indonesia Actually Challenge China’s Nine-Dash Line in International Court?

A top Indonesian official recently said his country was seeking clarification on the extent of Chinese claims to the South China Sea – and could take China to international court if that clarity isn’t forthcoming. Luhut Pandjaitan, the chief of staff to Indonesian President Joko Widodo as well as Jakarta’s coordinating minister for political, legal, […]

Indonesia Hints at South China Sea Litigation

Could we be witnessing a legal cascade in the South China Sea? Most states with claims have thus far eschewed formal legal challenges to China, but that could be changing. In the wake of the Philippines’ legal victory against China (if only on jurisdictional questions), Indonesia’s security chief has suggested that his country might also […]


THE Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration has set on Nov. 24 the start of the hearing on the merits of the Philippines’ arbitration case against China’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea, even as Manila vowed to pursue the case to the end. Foreign Affairs spokesman DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the […]

US lawyer for PH expert in maritime boundary cases

The lawyer leading the Philippine team in its fierce legal battle against China belongs to a select group of elite lawyers with extensive experience in representing sovereign states before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (Itlos) in Hamburg, Germany, according to Chambers Global, which ranks law firms and lawyers across the world. […]

China loses round 1 in international court

Photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration shows Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario addressing the tribunal in The Hague last July. Behind him is the counsel team for the Philippines and the empty seats for China’s representatives. MANILA, Philippines – In a legal setback for Beijing, an arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on […]

China may fear reputation damage more than military threats over South China Sea

China’s rapid construction of a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea has entered a more troubling phase. According to a major Pentagon report released last week, Beijing is shifting its focus from land reclamation to building deepwater ports, military-grade airstrips and other strategic infrastructure on top of its islands. While it’s unclear […]

FULL TEXT: Transcript of oral arguments on Philippines vs China arbitration case

MANILA, Philippines – The Arbitral Tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, Netherlands released the full transcript of the oral hearings on the territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea as requested by the Philippines. Last July, the Philippines sent a delegation composed of top executives from the three government branches as […]