The Marine & Shipping Law Unit (MASLU) is a community of scholars within the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland. We aim to achieve international recognition for scholarship, research and consultative skills in maritime law, international law of the sea, and related areas.

MASLU promotes teaching and research in all aspects of maritime law and the law of the sea. We provide the legal community, law students, and the marine and shipping industries with detailed information and specialist expertise relating to developments in, and the application of, maritime law. MASLU's role also includes collaborating with other marine centres on multi-disciplinary projects, and liaising with legal and marine scholars from around the world.

Each year, the Law School offers a number of courses and seminars in maritime law and related areas. Students can enrol in courses either as part of a postgraduate degree at The University of Queensland or any other recognized university, or on a 'once-off' basis through the Executive Education program.

South China Sea Decision: A Snapshot of Issues

Thu 18 Aug 2016 5:30pm6:30pm


Clayton Utz
Level 28, Riparian Plaza
71 Eagle Street

The charis and speakers will include Dr Michael White OAM QC, Professor Nick Gaskell and Professor Anthony Cassimatis.

The Philippines commenced a matter under UNCLOS seeking certain declarations about the Chinese claims in the South China Sea that overlapped some Philippine claims. China had always staunchly maintained its reservation on agreeing to UNCLOS that maritime boundaries are not within the UNCLOS jurisdiction. (As Australian has done with the East Timor claim in the Timor Sea). Under UNCLOS a Tribunal of five judges was formed and it arranged, in the usual way, for the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague (the PCA) to manage the matter and provide facilities. In an earlier decision the Tribunal decided that it had no jurisdiction about land claims nor about maritime boundaries but it had jurisdiction over other rights and claims that had been made. On 12 July 2016 the Tribunal gave its final decision on other claims, although reserving some issues for further hearing. This decision rejected most of the Chinese claims and that has raised the South China Sea issues to a major international legal, political and military level. This seminar by some of the UQ Law School maritime and international members will give a snapshot of these issues.

All welcome. No registration required.