Implication of the July 2016 South China Sea Ruling



About the Seminar

The July 2016 tribunal ruling on the Philippine case against China’s infringement of Philippine maritime rights in the South China Sea was precedent setting. The unanimous decision in favour of the Philippines clarified under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea the legal basis of maritime rights disputes in the Spratlys and beyond.  This seminar will focus on two major implications of the tribunal process and ruling; implications for China’s behaviour as a leading regional power and for the maritime rights dispute between Japan and China in the East China Sea.

About the Speaker

Shinya Murase is Professor Emeritus, Jochi (Sophia) University in Tokyo, and currently Visiting Professor at Peking University. Professor Murase is a Member of the UN International Law Commission (ILC) since 2009, the Commission’s Special Rapporteur for the Protection of the Atmosphere, and a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). He has served as Member of the Eminent Persons/Experts Panel of the ASEAN Regional Forum since 2002; Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), WG-III (2004-2007); Chair of the Committee on the Legal Principles relating to Climate Change of the International Law Association (2008-2014). He was also Member of the Prime Minister’s Panel of Japan on National Security in 2007-2008 and 2013-2014.

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Jan 22 2018


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2