Workshop: Lawfare and South China Sea Strategy, 14-15 October 2019
The workshop will examine strategic competition in the South China Sea in order to put legal debates regarding the dispute in context, and will examine the use of international law as strategic tool or as an element of public diplomacy.
The broad themes we will address over a day and a half will be:
• Understanding Chinese perspectives on the South China Sea (including strategic, historic and legal dimensions)
• Understanding the regional strategic context (including the interests of other regional or claimant States)
• The role of legal argument in China’s approach to the South China Sea under the “Three Warfares” doctrine
• They role of grey-zone actors and resource disputes, including: the role of fishing vessels and the maritime militia, and coast guard and law-enforcement vessels
• Considering the implications: how should middle-powers respond to the dispute or prepare for the possibility of escalating conflict?
The aim is to have a wide-ranging and open expert discussion with a view to future publications.