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The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea after the South China Sea Arbitration: Is ‘mandatory’ dispute settlement a shore thing?

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dc.contributor.author Lo, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-14T03:02:08Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:39:20Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-14T03:02:08Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:39:20Z
dc.date.copyright 2018
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/21056
dc.description.abstract This paper addresses the effect of the South China Sea arbitration between the Philippines and China on the dispute settlement mechanism under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Tribunal’s decision regarding their own jurisdiction has broadened the scope for future international courts and tribunals in holding jurisdiction over disputes regarding the law of the sea. Various academics have criticised the Tribunal’s interpretation, regarding it as ill-founded in law and biased towards the Philippines. However, through an assessment of all the arguments submitted in the jurisdiction Award, relevant case law, academic commentary, and the travaux préparatoires of UNCLOS, I argue that the Tribunal’s decision on jurisdiction is consistent with the joint aims of the Convention. Although China has refused to acknowledge the Awards made and therefore they have not made as significant an impact as hoped for, this decision has triggered political negotiations by all littoral states of the South China Sea. And although the impact of the Tribunal’s interpretation of jurisdiction has not yet been tested in another UNCLOS dispute, the Award has nevertheless illustrated to nation states that delay tactics for peaceful settlement will not be tolerated and the UNCLOS mandatory dispute settlement scheme aims to fulfil this very purpose. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject South China Sea en_NZ
dc.subject Arbitration en_NZ
dc.subject UNCLOS en_NZ
dc.subject United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea en_NZ
dc.subject Jurisdiction en_NZ
dc.subject Dispute resolution en_NZ
dc.title The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea after the South China Sea Arbitration: Is ‘mandatory’ dispute settlement a shore thing? en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Law School en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Faculty of Law / Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180116 International Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Law en_NZ
thesis.degree.name LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.school School of Law en_NZ

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