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Emeritus Professor Carlyle Thayer – South China Sea: Realpolitik Trumps International Law

Emeritus Professor Carlyle Thayer - South China Sea: Realpolitik Trumps International Law

Martin Lavicka14 Oct 2017Leave a comment

Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, would like to cordially invite you to a lecture titled:

South China Sea: Realpolitik Trumps International Law


Emeritus Professor Carlyle Thayer (UNSW Canberra, Australia)

date and time: November 9, 15:00-16:30

place: room KB 2.03 (Křížkovského 12, Olomouc, Czech Republic)

This presentation addresses developments in the South China Sea in the period after the July 2016 Award by the Arbitral Tribunal that heard the case brought by the Philippines against China. This presentation addresses six main topics: (1) the geo-strategic importance of the South China Sea, (2) the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), (3) the Award by the Arbitral Tribunal, (4) China’s continued assertiveness and militarization of its artificial islands, (5) consultations between China and the ten member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea, and (6) U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operational Patrols under the Trump Administration. The presentation concludes by assessing the status of UNCLOS as the “Constitution of the World’s Oceans,” unresolved issues for a COC in the South China Sea, and the impact of great power rivalry on maritime disputes in the South China Sea.

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