2017 marks the 35th year since the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) was finalised. With the majority of States party to the LOSC, and most non-signatory states recognising the customary international law status of nearly all of the LOSC’s key provisions, the LOSC can be considered an example of successful multi-lateral treaty making. However, despite the near universality of acceptance of the LOSC there remain significant differences in interpretation and implementation of the Convention as well as growing calls for LOSC amendment or replacement with a new law of the sea convention.
The aim of this Conference is to explore the legal pressure points that surround the operation of the LOSC in the Asia Pacific region through a series of linked discussions across two days. Significant attention will be paid to the Arbitral Award, with a focus on the legal issues that were dealt with by the Tribunal and detailed consideration of subsequent State practice.