Panel 3: The Principal Legal Issues in the Disputes between China and Philippines over the South China Sea

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Panel 3 was moderated by Dean Houck. Dean Houck focuses his research and teaching on international law and national security law, with a particular emphasis on the law of the sea and the use of force. The topic of this panel was “The Principal Legal Issues in the Disputes between China and Philippines over the South China Sea.” Professor He Jiang, Dr. Ekrem Korkut, and Professor Qiongqiong Tang presented on this panel.

Professor Jiang teaches at the Law School of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. He presented his paper “Jurisprudential study of the dilemma for China- Philippines Arbitration: International Law vs. great power politics.” Dr. Korkut is a lecturer (lieutenant) at the Turkish Military Academy and an SJD Candidate at Penn State Law School. He analyzed the illegality of the China’s nine dash line in the light of the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (12 July 2016) and of the decisions of international tribunals about maritime delimitation. Professor Qiongqiong Tang is an assistant professor at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics School of Law. She argued that there were errors in the legal reasoning in the award for Philippines v. PRC from the perspective of its citation of Nicaragua v. Colombia.

Scholars and students from across Penn State, and some from outside Penn State, attended the conference. The conference promoted the global conversation on the South China Sea case. Different perspectives and positions were shared on a mutual platform.