Between a Rock and a Hard Case: Conflicting Claims in the South China Sea

The Stimson Center and the Washington Foreign Law Society hosted a discussion of the battle among South China Sea neighbors – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and China – centered on the Philippines’ initiation of a cause against China under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).


John Norton Moore, Walter L. Brown professor of law, director of the Center for National Security Law and director of Center for Oceans Law and Policy at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Retired Navy Capt. J. Ashley Roach, the former attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, during 1988-2009 with responsibility for law of the sea matters.

Jonathan D. Pollack, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. He was formerly professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at the Naval War College and chairman of the College’s Strategic Research Department.

Richard Cronin, director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Stimson Center. His recent op-ed in Investor’s Business Daily examines the South China Sea Dispute.



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