Roundtable Discussion on South China Sea Territorial Disputes

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New York, October 30, 2012—As territorial disputes swirl in the waters of the South China Sea, Columbia Law School will host a roundtable discussion on Nov. 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with experts from government, academia, and the private sector about the sovereignty issues at stake.
The aim of the roundtable, “International Law and the South China Sea,” is to provide a forum for constructive conversation regarding various international legal issues relating to the South China Sea.
“Territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea are matters of increasing international concern,” said Columbia Law School Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, an expert in international law and the constitutional law of U.S. foreign relations, who organized the event.  “Without an understanding of the relevant international law, it is difficult for policymakers and the public at large to understand the nature of the disputes and options for claimants to resolve them peacefully. We are hoping to open up the conversation, to make it more transparent, to enhance understanding about the parties’ positions, and to help move the dialogue forward in a positive way.”
  • Henry S. Bensurto Jr., Chief of Mission, Class II, Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines
  • Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC, Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia Law School & Former Legal Adviser, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Zhou Jian, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations
  • Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
  • Coalter G. Lathrop, Sovereign Geographic, an international boundary consultancy
  • Ambassador H.E. Le Hoai Trung, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations
  • Bernard H. Oxman ’65, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law School, who will serve as moderator.
What: A roundtable discussion, “International Law and the South China Sea,” on public international law issues in the South China Sea with government, academic, and private sector experts.  The discussion is scheduled to coincide with International Law Week at the U.N. General Assembly’s Sixth Committee, and many diplomats have been invited to attend the program.
When:   Thurs., Nov. 1, 2012 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Columbia Law School
              Jerome Greene Hall 
              Room 102 435 W. 116th St. at Amsterdam Ave.
              New York, NY 10027
The event is part of the Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Faculty-Student Intellectual Life Series and co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Center for Constitutional Governance and the American Society of International Law.
NOTE: Media must RSVP by 3:00 P.M. EDT Oct. 31 to [email protected]. Press credentials will be required.
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