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Lawfare at Sea in East Asia: Local Tensions, Global Implications. Videoconference

Since the end of 2019, more than 20 Notes Verbales have been submitted to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf regarding the claims in the South China Sea (SCS).

Countries including France, Japan, Germany, the UK, the US and Australia issued their own notes stating that China’s claims to ‘historic rights’ in the SCS are incompatible with the internationally-agreed UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Meanwhile, China recently authorized its Coast Guard to use force, raising concern among its neighbors.

Chair and discussion leader: Céline PAJON, Head of Japan Program, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

Challenges to the Rule of Law at sea in East Asia: A Japanese perspective
Koji TSURUOKA, Former Ambassador of Japan to the United Kingdom

Challenges to the Rule of Law at sea in East Asia: A French perspective
Christophe PRAZUCK, Director, Institut de l'Océan de l'Alliance Sorbonne Université and Former Chief of Staff of the French Navy

How to counter lawfare at sea in East Asia?
Jane CHAN, Senior Fellow, Coordinator of Maritime Security Programme, IDSS, RSIS, Singapore

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