Implications of the Philippines V. China Award on Jurisdiction


Jay Batongbacal


Asia Maritime Transparency Intiative


November 5, 2015


The Philippines scored a procedural victory on October 29, successfully dodging the jurisdiction and admissibility objections posed by China’s position paper released last December regarding Manila’s case against Beijing’s South China Sea claims. In a 151-page decision, a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague affirmed the primacy of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in determining the parties’ maritime rights and assured the integrity and efficacy of the compulsory dispute settlement procedures permitted by Part XV of UNCLOS.