31 Jul '16, 12pm

ASEAN and China at a crossroads after South China Sea ruling

ASEAN and China at a crossroads after South China Sea ruling

Almost 30 years to the day that a young, Harvard-trained American lawyer won a famous judgment at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the United States, Paul S Reichler pulled off another momentous victory at The Hague. This time the judgment was against China for having breached its international treaty obligations in the South China Sea. Washington refused to honour the 1986 award, citing Managua’s selective application of the law, the highly charged political nature of the case and the ICJ’s overreach in asserting jurisdiction. Later that year, it cast the sole veto against a UN Security Council draft resolution calling for full and immediate compliance with the judgment. China was one of 11 states on the Council to vote in favour. Beijing now restates each of the accusations made by the defence that day. Yet one hopes that it will set a better example of c...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/31/asean-and-china-a...

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