Philippines vs. China: A Chinese Loss Won't Kill International Law


Frauke Renz


The National Interest


 June 7, 2016


International law is only as valid as it is enforceable. If this statement were true, then the upcoming ruling of the arbitral tribunal between the Philippines and China would likely be another nail in the coffin of international law in an anarchic international system, where law is only another arrow in the quiver of power-hungry nations. But it is not that simple. In fact, the case brought forward by the Philippines is about way more than the legal nature of the so-called nine-dash line or the status of the submerged rocks and reefs China mistakenly interprets as islands according to Article 121 of UNCLOS (United Nations Convention of the Law and the Sea).