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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. […]

Why the US may go to war in the South China Sea

It is no secret that the South China Sea is an area of conflict and controversy, but understanding the interests and role of the United States in that region is not intuitive. The situation centers on competing territorial claims by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia over several sets of islands. Attempts by […]

China hastening work on reclamation projects in disputed waters–DFA

MANILA, Philippines – China is working double time on their reclamation projects in the South China Sea in order to complete their expansion agenda before the arbitration case is concluded, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday. “DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario has mentioned that these activities are now being hastened in anticipation of […]

Beijing ‘setting precedent’ in South China Sea

China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea amid mounting regional tensions. Analyst Ian Storey tells DW Beijing is likely to deploy more rigs in the future as it intends to assert its “historic rights.” China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a bid to […]

LOVE-HATE TRIANGLE | What is the result of China’s heavy-handedness vis-a-vis Vietnam, PH?

Amado “Bong” Mendoza is a faculty member of the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines (Diliman) and is primarily interested in Philippine politics and political economy. He used to write for Business Day covering the finance beat and the online edition of Inquirer. He now writes regularly for InterAksyon.com. Unfortunately for assertive rising powers like China, might […]

A Legal Sea Change in the South China Sea: Ramifications of the Philippines’ ITLOS Case

Over the last year, it has become clear that China is determined to pursue its strategy of “salami slicing” in the South China Sea—gradually increasing its control through small moves that fall short of war. Beijing has not been deterred from this strategy by remonstrations from regional powers and the United States, increased military cooperation […]

If China refuses to face Vietnam at international court, then what?

Since May 1, China has unilaterally deployed its HD-981 rig and many vessels, including military ships, in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf. This action violates Vietnam’s sovereign rights and its jurisdiction over the EEZ of 200 nautical miles and continental shelf. More dangerously, China escalated tensions when its ships, under the support […]

East Sea: How to sue China effectively?

VietNamNet: China’s unruly actions have spurred domestic and international public opinion to believe that it is time for us to sue China in the international court of justice. What is your thought about this? Ngo Huu Phuoc: I do not oppose this plan. However, I believe that in the current situation, as well as based […]

China has a sitting judge in ITLOS, who wrote legal article on 9-dash line – veteran China watcher

MANILA – A Chinese legal scholar, who wrote an article about the 9-dash line published by the American Journal of International Law (AJIL), is a sitting judge in the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) where the Philippines has filed a complaint against China’s “excessive claim” in the South China Sea. Chito […]

Comments on the Philippine case before ITLOS and Arbitral Tribunal

MEDIA RELEASE By Prof. JOSE MARIA SISON NDFP Chief Political Consultant 04 April 2014 In a previous interview, I said that the strongest piece of international law in favor of the Philippines is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), particularly with regard to the 200 mile exclusive economic zone. I even […]