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Research Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen

SIB/CEASG Lecture: 'Dispute Settlement in the South China Sea: Beijing, Manila, The Hague' by Gou Haibo

When:Mo 13-06-2016 20:00 - 21:30
Where:Senate Room, Academy Building

Join us for this interesting lecture by Mr. Gou Haibo, Consular and Legal officer in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Gou will present his view on this case Philippines v. China, talk about conflicts between China and other actors and will explain dispute settlement mechanisms and how they apply to the South China Sea. Afterwards is room for your input.

The risk of conflict in the South China Sea can be considered significant. Many countries have competing territorial and jurisdictional claims, particularly over rights to exploit the region’s possibly extensive reserves of oil and gas. Fishing areas and strategic control over shipping lanes are also significant. Recently, the Philippines submitted a case against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Even though China expressed that it will not participate in arbitration and will not honor this specific decision, the Court ruled that is has jurisdiction over this case. In a few months the Court is set to issue a ruling.

Mr. Gou has been working for China’s Foreign Ministry for 20 years, in the fields of law at sea, land boundary and environment. Since 2012 he works as the legal advisor at the Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands. He also is an associate professor at Jilin University (China), and publishes both in Chinese and English.

This event is organized by the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) in cooperation with SIB-Groningen and study association Vintres.