International Law and the South China Sea: Insights from the U.S. Department of State

Renee Dopplick

The U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser’s Office discussed an array of legal issues related to international law and the South China Sea during the seventh annual “Live from L” program held in February. The program was sponsored by the ABA Section of International Law and co-sponsored by the George Washington University Law School and the American Society of International Law. Acting Legal Adviser Richard C. Visek and two additional speakers from the Legal Adviser’s Office addressed customary international law and sovereignty claims over land territory, international law related to boundary limitations, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS, also referred to as the Law of the Sea Convention), and the peaceful settlement of international disputes. The program included questions from the audience attending in person at the George Washington University Law School and by live webcast. Watch the video online.

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