UN Convention on the Law of the Sea - updates

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International laws spell out duty to rescue persons at sea

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:19 AM

This duty 'can be considered as another side of the right to life, which every individual enjoys under human rights law,' according to a 2016 paper

[OPINION] Enforce arbitral award for present, future generations

Jul 12, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Since the Duterte administration has chosen to set aside the enforcement of the Award, the task of keeping alive the Award within our country has fallen on people like you and me

China should pay and go

May 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

As China and the Philippines engage in bilateral talks Manila should revisit the South China Sea arbitral award and not sleep on its rights

SLEEPING OVER PH RIGHTS? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their bilateral meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. MPC pool photo

Beijing holds South China Sea war games before ruling

Jul 09, 2016 - 3:36 PM

The military drills come as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is set to make its final decision on Tuesday in the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China

This photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a logistics supply drill near the James Shoal area on South China Sea.  Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the whole of the South China Sea, on the basis of a segmented line that first appeared on Chinese maps in the 1940s, pitting it against several neighbours. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUT / TO GO WITH AFP STORY CHINA-POLITICS-MARITIME-DIPLOMACY BY BEN DOOLEY

World's nations gather to rescue ocean life

Mar 27, 2016 - 12:02 PM

There is no international treaty protecting marine areas beyond national jurisdiction

US presses Xi on South China Sea non-militarization

Feb 27, 2016 - 11:36 AM

We re going to encourage our Chinese friends and other countries in the region to refrain from taking steps that raise tensions says National Security Council s Daniel Kritenbrink

SOUTH CHINA SEA. In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) and President of China Xi Jinping (L) participate in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, September 25, 2015. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

PH vs China: Why a win for Manila benefits the region

Nov 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says a ruling striking down China s 9 dash line will be a victory not just for the Philippines but also for other claimant countries

GLOBAL INTEREST. Seven countries send observers to the arbitral tribunal hearings at The Hague on the Philippines' historic case against China. File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza: Is PH case vs China 'worth it?'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Estelito Mendoza says of the Philippine case: I do not believe in filing cases just to gain a reputation I believe only in filing a case if it will bring relief to my client

BRINGING RELIEF? Veteran trial lawyer Estelito Mendoza (right) questions whether the Philippine arbitration case against China will work to Manila's favor if Beijing defies the final ruling. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Carpio: 'Tribunal totally ignored China's 9-dash line'

Nov 05, 2015 - 9:06 PM

The Supreme Court justice says the UN backed tribunal did not consider the 9 dash line which China uses to claim almost the entire South China Sea

'NO EFFECT.' Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China's 9-dash line has no effect on the tribunal's initial ruling on Manila's South China Sea case. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Breaking down the Philippines’ legal victory in the West Philippine Sea

Nov 01, 2015 - 10:17 AM

By unanimously voting in favor of exercising jurisdiction on the Philippines’ case the Arbitral Tribunal effectively rejected Beijing’s efforts to sabotage Manila’s laudable legal effort

FIRST VICTORY. File photo of a hearing at the Hague in session

China rebukes US over South China Sea row

May 16, 2015 - 9:37 PM

Meanwhile US Secretary of State John Kerry says the region needs smart diplomacy rather than outposts and military strips

FUELING CONCERN. New images released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies – such as this photo of Cuarteron Reef – show the extent of China's reclamation activities in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS

Kerry in Beijing with island-building on agenda

May 16, 2015 - 12:14 PM

US officials stress that under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea only natural land masses create a territorial claim not artificial islands

FUELING CONCERN. New images released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies – such as this photo of Cuarteron Reef – show the extent of China's reclamation activities in the South China Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS

Pemberton arrest warrant, PH vs. China, Sydney siege | The wRap

Dec 16, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Pemberton’s warrant of arrest is out China snubs a deadline to respond to a South China Sea case filed by Philippines The gunman and 2 hostages die in the Sydney cafe siege

US: China failed to clarify 9-dash line with law

Dec 09, 2014 - 8:12 AM

The US State Department says China s 9 dash line is vague and most interpretations of the claim are inconsistent with international law

Philippines using 'moral suasion' vs China

Apr 10, 2014 - 10:33 PM

Economically speaking militarily speaking we have nothing to match China so our recourse is international law which is the great equalizer says foreign affairs department spokesman Charles Jose

China says ties 'damaged' by Philippines UN ruling call

Apr 01, 2014 - 11:39 PM

What the Philippine side did seriously damaged bilateral relations with China

UN chief: 'Amicable' end to PH-China row

Jan 23, 2013 - 9:17 AM

It is important for those countries in the region to resolve all these issues through dialogue in a peaceful and amicable way Ban says

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the General Assembly, 22 January 2013, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

EU calls for calm in Japan versus China, Taiwan isle dispute

Sep 25, 2012 - 8:55 PM

The EU urges all parties concerned to seek peaceful and cooperative solutions in accordance with international law in particular the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea the statement said