Workshop: “Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea”

maritimeCologne, Germany
5th Nov 2016
In July 2016, an arbitral tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea decided the case Philippines v. China. The workshop will address certain legal issues of the law of the sea that were raised by the award. The discussion will also refer to China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and to more general attitudes of the PRC towards public international law.


Wim Muller (Maastricht University)
China’s Conduct in the South China Sea as seen from its General Attitude and Practice in International Law

Kong Lingjie (Wuhan University China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies)
The Status of Low-tide Elevations under the Law of Territory and the Law of the Sea

Iain Scobbie (Manchester University)
When is an Island a Rock? The PCA’s Interpretation of UNCLOS 121(3)

Lei Xiaolu (Wuhan University; Fellow, Center for Collaborative Innovation on Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights)
China’s Historic Rights Claims and ‘Nine Dashed Line’ in the South China Sea Arbitration: Comments on Tribunal’s Award on Jurisdiction and Merits

Youri van Logchem (Swansea University, Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law)
The Rights and Obligations of States in Maritime Areas of Overlap: the South China Sea

Song Ke (Leiden Univeristy, Grotuis Center for International Studies)
On the jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals under Annex VII of the UNCLOS over ‘mixed dispute’–Legal analysis and its implications for South China Sea disputes

Further Information


Download the leaflet of this event as PFG here: poster_maritime_disputes