China’s Claim to South China Seas Rejected!

Today, the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s expansive claim to a large swath of the South China Sea.  The full text of the award can be found on the PCA website, although their servers have been having some difficulties keeping up with demand.  China has predictably rejected the finding with a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Did you know that “island” is defined by international law?  See Article 121 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law database is a good starting point when you are investigating a new topic!  Go ahead and take a look

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