Second Thomas Shoal: A Legal Perspective

Recently there have been many dangerous encounters between the Philippines and China in the waters around the Second Thomas Shoal. It is an offshore maritime feature located in the exclusive economic of the Philippines, less than 200 nautical miles from the Philippine Island of Palawan, and almost 600 nautical miles from China’s Hainan Island. A […]

Should Vietnam Bring the South China Sea to the United Nations?

On September 12, Vietnam publicly denounced the provocative actions of Chinese vessels in Vietnamese waters for the seventh time since June, urging China to withdraw their ships. These statements have done little to deter China’s activities: the survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 continues to violate Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, while Chinese coastguard vessels such as […]