Since 2011 The Mansfield Foundation’s Law of the Sea and Asian Maritime Disputes program has provided a forum for leading experts on international law, oceans law, and international security to discuss the increasingly heated territorial disputes in East and Southeast Asian waters. The specific focus of the program is on examining the relevance and potential role of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in resolving maritime delimitations in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
In May 2011, The Mansfield Foundation, in cooperation with The University of Hong Kong’s Center for Comparative and Public Law, organized a“Law of the Sea and Asian Maritime Disputes Conference" in Hong Kong. A public conference took place at The University of Hong Kong on May 11, 2011 and was well attended by students, faculty and journalists. The conference was preceded by a day-and-half private session among conference participants and other topical experts. The private session convened a select group of scholars, current and former government officials, policymakers, and others from China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Ireland, Malaysia and the U.S. for a closed-door work session and in-depth discussion on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and its relevance for resolving longstanding Asian maritime disputes. These activities were made possible thanks to the generous support of The Henry Luce Foundation.
The Law of the Sea and Asian Maritime Disputes program benefits from the direction and guidance of legal scholars Jerome Cohen of New York University and Jon Van Dyke of the University of Hawaii. The program is managed by Richard Pearson of the Mansfield Foundation.
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