August 17th-18th, 2016: Nha Trang University in collaboration with Pham Van Dong University co-organized the international workshop “Legal status of islands and rocks in international law and practice in the South China Sea” at InterContinental Hotel in Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, Viet Nam.
Participants of the workshop
This event follows the successful international workshops on “The sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly archipelagos: Historical and Legal Aspects” held on April 27th-28th 2013 in Quang Ngai City and “Paracel - Spratly Archipelagos: Historical Truth” held on June 19th-21st2014 in Da Nang City.
There were around 100 participants including international and Vietnamese scholars, researchers, who are experts on the international law of the sea and particularly interested in the current situation in the South China Sea, namely Prof. Carl Thayer, Prof. Erik Franckx, Prof. Koichi Sato, Dr. Timo Kivimaki, Dr. Amy Searight Ambassador Nguyen Quy Binh, Dr. Tran Cong Truc, etc.
Prof. Carl Thayer is presenting his report
Nearly 30 reports presented at the workshop focused on three main topics: The legal status of the islands and rocks in international law; Dispute sovereignty over the two Paracel and Spratly Islands; The rulings of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the South China Sea lawsuit between China and the Philippines. In particular, a number of issues were specially concerned such as the rulings of PCA on July 12th, 2016 on the legal regulation of the geographical structure in Spratly, the "nine-dash line"; the environmental damage of South China Sea related to the restoration activities, the shoals expanding to build artificial islands in the Spratly, accretion problems and militarization in the Paracel and Spratly, etc.
Assoc. Prof. Trang Si Trung, Rector of NTU, is giving his closing remarks
In addition to the workshop, there was an exhibition “Historical Evidences of Viet Nam sovereignty over Spratly and Paracel archipelagos” at the main hall of the hotel during the workshop and at the Museum of Oceanography. Especially, participants enjoyed a trip to Cam Ranh Naval Base in the morning of August 18th, 2016.