Once again, China is showing its disdain for the rules-based international legal order that regulates activities at sea.
Latest in UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
The tribunal in Philippines v. China made four sweeping observations that are worth examining five years after the award.
On the Legality and Policy Ramifications of High Seas Seizures of Foreign Merchant Vessels for Violating U.S. Sanctions
In its efforts to enforce economic sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, the United States is straining the boundaries of traditionally accepted state behavior in some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. It is walking a tightrope.
As Russia escalates its efforts to destabilize Ukraine, it has increased tensions and put the region on heightened alert by illegally closing portions of the Black Sea to all foreign warships and other state vessels.
China's new Coast Guard Law has several inconsistencies with UNCLOS.
In addition to potential benefits, Vietnam should also consider what it can lose.
State parties to the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea have a lawful and peaceful way to uphold the international rule of law and counter China’s disregard of a 2016 arbitral tribunal’s legally binding ruling on the South China Sea.
International Regulation of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Negotiations on a New Legal Structure for the High Seas
For many who follow developments in the South China Sea, the July 2016 tribunal ruling in the Philippines’ case against China has become the equivalent of the birth of Jesus in the Gregorian calendar: Developments are considered B.A. and A.A.—Before Award and After Award.
In the first year after the award, compliance was fair: Beijing largely kept its actions, if not its words, within the letter of the ruling.