Philippines v. China: Court Rules Favorably on Jurisdiction, Case Will Proceed


Ankit Panda


The Diplomat


October 30, 2015


The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded its first decision in the The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China. The court ruled that the case was “properly constituted” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that China’s “non-appearance” (i.e., refusal to participate) did not preclude the Court’s jurisdiction, and that the Philippines was within its rights in filing the case.