Under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, Can China Adversely Possess and Militarize Islands of the South China Sea?

Lauren Richards, Vol. 37 Associate Editor China‚Äôs militarization of islands in the South China Sea threatens the right of innocent passage by States and, therefore, may pose a threat to international law.[1] The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) establishes a 200-mile continental shelf beyond the coastal State.[2] This entitles the coastal […]

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Lack of a legal framework regarding island building in the South China Sea

Daniel Mooney, Vol. 37 Associate Editor Over the past few years the Chinese government has rapidly undertaken widespread land reclamation and construction in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. In general, the island building consists of converting formerly submerged reefs into artificial islands and increasing their size in order to suit specific needs. […]

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