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Club Online Zoom Event: Is There a New Way Forward in the South China Sea?

Date: 26 Jul 2021 08:00 PM — 09:00 PM | Venue:


Is There a New Way Forward in the
South China Sea?
Retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Monday, July 26, 2021
8:00pm HKT on Zoom
In 2016, the Philippines won a landmark ruling against China at in the Hague upholding Manila’s sovereignty claims in an area of the South China Sea. That ruling also effectively erased China’s “nine-dash line,” which it has used to claim sovereignty over the entire contested area. But the ruling was never enforced and China rejected it, continuing its oil and gas exploration activities plus a military expansion. Retired Philippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the key legal mind behind the Hague ruling, now says the Southeast Asian countries with claims in the sea – Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines – should settle their territorial disputes with China by submitting themselves to voluntary arbitration at the International Court of Justice. If China succeeds in its maritime land grab, he argues, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea will collapse. Without a deal soon to prevent Beijing from ending the world’s rules-based maritime order, the region could see a naval arms race which could draw in the United States and risk a confrontation. In this online talk and discussion, Carpio will explain his idea for a way back from the brink. Moderated by FCC President Keith Richburg.
Justice Antonio T. Carpio is a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He served in the Supreme Court for 18 years from 2001 to 2019. In 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs sponsored Justice Carpio on a world lecture tour on the West Philippine Sea dispute. Justice Carpio presented the Philippines’ perspective on the dispute before think-tanks and universities in 30 cities covering 17 countries. In May 2017, Justice Carpio published a book titled The South China Sea Dispute: Philippine Sovereign Rights and Jurisdiction in the West Philippine Sea.


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