The South China Sea Arbitration: Is it the Final Word?
17 October, 2016
R6, Rotunda, Monash University
Monash International Affairs Society
On July 12 of this year, an arbitral tribunal constituted under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea issued a comprehensive ruling that addressed a number of the legal issues surrounding the South China Sea situation.
One party to the case declared in advance that it would fully accept the tribunal’s ruling, whatever that ruling might be. In direct contrast, the other party to the case refused to participate in any of the proceedings or to recognize any decisions rendered by the tribunal.
Of course, these are not the only two nations involved in the South China Sea situation. This presentation would identify what the arbitration decision means for the two parties, what it means for other South China Sea claimants, and what it means for extra-regional nations.
We are extremely honoured to present Professor Jonathan Odom as an esteemed and pre-eminent guest speaker. Professor Odom is from the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu and is a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy. He is a licensed attorney who has provided legal advice on matters of international and operational law to military commanders (both U.S. and multinational), headquarters staffs, and forces for military operations around the world, including at sea, in the air, and on land.
He is eminently qualified to speak on the operational and legal side of the issue; a more detailed profile is available here: http://apcss.org/college/faculty/odom/