Archives for 

Panatag Shoal

China’s retaliation?

Former Secretary Raffy Alunan warned on ANC this week that China will retaliate in response to our filing of our Memorial in our  pending arbitration against China under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Citing the earlier move of China in banning the entry of our bananas into their territory, Alunan […]

The Judges of the Nine-Dash lines

The arbitration initiated by the Philippines against China impugning the validity of China’s nine-dash lines appear to be on track. Last week, pursuant to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Japanese President of the international tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) completed the five man tribunal that will rule […]

So, How Does the Chinese Press Feel About the UNCLOS Arbitration?

by Julian Ku, Opinio Juris For those of you wondering how seriously the Chinese media is taking the Philippines’ arbitration claim against China over the South China Sea (there must be at least two of you out there), here is an illustrative cartoon from a Chinese newspaper, “JingChu Times”, in Central China (although originally from another publication). […]

Understanding our Unclos arbitral submission

After almost a year since our stalemate with China on Panatag Shoal, it’s about time we brought the controversy to the binding and compulsory dispute settlement procedure of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). But contrary to many media reports, the action is not before the International Tribunal on the Law […]

‘Critical date’ and Chinese hegemony

China appears to be applying the law literally. The rule is where there is a dispute to territory, the claimant that can show a superior claim to the same, be it land or water, will be adjudged as having title thereto. In land territory, the rule is that discovery alone gives rise to an inchoate […]