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Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea


In July 2016, an arbitral tribunal constituted under Annex VII to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea decided the case Philippines v. China. The workshop will address certain legal issues of the law of the sea that were raised by the award. The discussion will also refer to China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and to more general attitudes of the PRC towards public international law.

Preliminary Agenda 

Wim Muller (Maastricht University, Netherlands):
China’s Conduct in the South China Sea as seen from its General Attitude and Practice in International Law

Kong Lingjie (Wuhan University China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies, China):
The Status of Low-tide Elevations under the Law of Territory and the Law of the Sea

Iain Scobbie (Manchester University, Great Britain):
When is an Island a Rock? The PCA’s Interpretation of UNCLOS 121(3)

Lei Xiaolu (Wuhan University; Fellow, Center for Collaborative Innovation on Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights, China):
China's Historic Rights Claims and 'Nine Dashed Line' in the South China Sea Arbitration: Comments on Tribunal's Award on Jurisdiction and Merits

Youri van Logchem (Swansea University, Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Great Britain):
The Rights and Obligations of States in Maritime Areas of Overlap: the South China Sea

Song Ke (Leiden Univeristy, Grotuis Center for International Studies, Netherlands):
On the jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals under Annex VII of the UNCLOS over 'mixed dispute'--Legal analysis and its implications for South China Sea disputes


15.11. Public Lecture (-17:45)

Urbanization and Food Security in Nairobi, Kenya

Samuel Owuor (Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi)

(Institute of Geography, Südbau, Room Ü3, ground floor)

16.11. Workshop

8:30 Coffee/Welcome

8:45 Introduction by conveners (content, format)

Session 1: Socio-economic transformations and land use changes

9:00 Milap Punia (Delhi): Synthesizing socio-ecological transformations in peri-urban parts of National Capital Region

9:45 Sucharita Sen (Hyderabad): Urban-centric Growth and Implications for Gendered Livelihoods in Peri-urban areas of Large Metropolitan Cities in India'

10:30 coffee break

10:45 Aye Aye Myint (Nay Pyi Taw): Urban fringe developments in Myanmar.

11:30 Frauke Kraas & Carsten Butsch (Cologne): Transformations in Pune’s urban fringe

12:00 Wrap up: driving processes of socio-economic transformations and land use changes. Discussant: Xue Desheng (Guangzhou)

12:30 Lunch

Session 2: Peri-urban – urban entanglements

13:30 Judith Bopp (Cologne): Catering for the urban organic food scenes: sustainable farming projects in Bangkok and the surrounding areas

14:15 Gilbert Nduru (Karatina): Kitchen Gardens in Peri Urban Areas in Kenya

15:00 coffee break

15:15 Maximilian Willkomm (Cologne): Changes of urban and peri-urban agriculture in the context of land use pressure and value chain dynamics in central Kenya

16:00 Alexander Follmann & Peter Dannenberg (Cologne): Environmental impacts of urban and peri-urban agro-food systems in transition: integrating metabolisms into agro-food value chain analysis

Wrap up: driving processes of agricultural transformations. Discussant: Samuel Owuor (Nairobi)

17:15 Synthesis (roundtable discussion): identifying the challenges of the fringe transforming. Discussant: Ranjit Mitra (Delhi)

19:30 dinner