13 July, 2016

Permanent Court of Arbitration ~ South China Sea case

Dating from 1899, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is an inter-governmental organisation of 121 member States.

The PCA has delivered its award in the South China Sea case of Republic of the Phillipines v The People's Republic of China.

The Press Release (11 pages pdf) notes:

"This arbitration concerned  the role of historic rights and the source of maritime entitlements in the South China Sea, the status of certain maritime features and the maritime entitlements they are capable of generating, and the lawfulness of certain actions by China that were
alleged by the Philippines to violate the Convention

In light of limitations on compulsory dispute settlement under the Convention, the Tribunal has emphasized that it does not rule on any question of sovereignty over land territory and does not delimit any boundary between the Parties."

The actual award may be read here - 501 pages pdf. 

See also Hague Justice Portal

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