In January 2022, the United States Department of State released a Limits in the Seas study on the PRC’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. The Department’s Limits in the Seas studies are a longstanding legal and technical series that examine national maritime claims and boundaries and assess their consistency with international law. This most recent study, the 150th in the Limits in the Seas series, concludes that the PRC asserts unlawful maritime claims in most of the South China Sea, including an unlawful historic rights claim. Robert Harris and Nathan Nagy, key individuals involved in the development of the report will explain its basic findings and what it means for the region. Professor Jay Batongbacal will offer his comments before we open the conversation to audience questions and discussion points.
Speaker Information: We will be joined by Robert Harris, who is Assistant Legal Adviser for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Nathan Nagy, who has been an Attorney Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State since 2011. Additionally comments will be made by Jay L Batongbacal, who is a scholar with degrees in Political Science and law from the University of the Philippines, as well as Master of Marine Management and Doctor in the Science of Law, both from Dalhousie University (Canada).
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