Tag Archives: UNCLOS

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 […]

Philippines v. China: Court Rules Favorably on Jurisdiction, Case Will Proceed

China’s nine-dash line will have its day in international court. On Thursday, October 29, the Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded its first decision in the The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China. The court ruled that the case was “properly constituted” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, […]

In defeat for Beijing, Hague court to hear China Sea dispute

AMSTERDAM, Oct 29 (Reuters) – An arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the Philippines has filed against China over disputed areas in the South China Sea. In a legal defeat for China, the Hague-based tribunal rejected Beijing’s claim that the disputes were about its […]

UN tribunal on UNCLOS rules to admit Manila’s case vs. Beijing in maritime row

TV5 screenshot of the Permanent Court of Arbitration when it conducted hearings in The Hague last July. It said Thursday that the tribunal on UNCLOS has ruled to admit the Philippine case against China, resolving the issue of jurisdiction over the latter’s objections. MANILA – (UPDATE3, 1:51 a.m.) The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in […]

India backs Philippines in its dispute with Beijing over claims on islands in South China Sea

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday backed the Philippines in its dispute with China over islands in South China Sea, which Manila calls West Philippine Sea, saying it wanted peaceful resolution for the maritime disputes.  India’s position implies diplomatic support for the Philippines’ decision to approach Permanent Court of Arbitration against Beijing’s maritime claims in early […]