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Research Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen

Call for Papers: Navigating the South China Sea: Challenges and Opportunities

24 October 2016

The South China Sea is a semi-closed sea and has been considered a geographical and geopolitical hotspot in the Asia Pacific. Geographically, the South China Sea connects the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, Asia and Oceania, and is regarded as one of the most important shipping lanes in the World. Geopolitically, there are territorial and maritime disputes among states bordering this area. In addition, other states outside the South China Sea, including the US, Japan, European Union, etc., actively engage in this region as well. Against this background, it is challenging for all disputant parties to seek for an amicable solution to resolve long-standing disputes.

This workshop in Groningen intends to look into some recent developments in the South China Sea area. On the one hand, it will particularly focus on the South China Sea arbitration which is a widely noticed case in the international community. This session aims to present a thorough analysis of the Arbitral Tribunal's decision and potential impact on the international rule of law. On the other hand, the workshop will concentrate on the South China Sea future cooperation after the arbitration. This session will first give some reflection upon the existing cooperation framework, and discuss some new cooperation mechanisms in this area to maintain regional peace and security.

Date : Friday 10 March 2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Place: Old Court Room, Oude Boteringestraat, Groningen
Organizers: Prof. dr. Jan van der Harst / Mr. Xu Qi

Preliminary topics

  • Panel One: The South China Sea Arbitration and international rule of law: General Observations
  • Panel Two: The South China Sea Arbitration: Maritime features, historic rights and other issues
  • Panel Three: The South China Sea Cooperation: Reflections on the current cooperation framework
  • Panel Four: The South China Sea Cooperation: possible new mechanisms in the future

Please send your proposal as soon as possible (before 30 November): qi.xu

Last modified:03 October 2019 10.01 a.m.

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