Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

ACT: Conference: The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region: Opportunities, Threats and Challenges

  • 22 Aug 2017
  • 08:30
  • 23 Aug 2017
  • 17:00
  • Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, BARTON ACT 2600

2017 marks the 35th year since the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) was finalised. Although the Convention enjoys almost universal acceptance by states, significant differences persist in its interpretation and implementation. Nowhere has its continued utility been more keenly tested than in the Asia Pacific region. In particular, the 2016 award in the South China Sea Arbitration (The Republic of Philippines v. The People's Republic of China) continues to drive a considerable academic and political discourse.

The Centre for Military & Security Law and the USI of the ACT are proud to present a major conference to examine this important issue. The conference aims to explore the legal pressure points that surround the operation of the LOSC in the Asia Pacific region through a series of linked discussions. Significant attention will be paid to the Arbitral Award, with a focus on the legal issues that were dealt with by the Tribunal and subsequent state practice.

Under our partnering arrangement with the Centre for Military & Security Law, USI of the ACT members can attend at a cost of $200 - half the cost of a regular ticket.  This price includes tea and coffee on arrival, lunches and morning and afternoon teas on both days. You can register on the ANU website here - be sure to scroll down through the ticket categories to find the USI of the ACT Member option.

Attendees can expect interaction with Australian and international academic commentators, diplomats, government officials and military officers as well as those with an interest in the legal issues that surround the maritime environment in the the Asia Pacific region.

(Photo: The Conversation)

Contact details:
Peter McDermott, Company Secretary RUSIDSS-A.

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