Date of the Conference: July 2
Place: Hope park Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L16 9JD
Time: 9am - 6pm
Deadline for abstract submission: April 30, 2018
Keynote speaker: Dominic Bryan. School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics – Reader. The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice Institute of Irish Studies. Queen's University Belfast. See profile here
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Identity and memory play key overlapping roles in both war and peacebuilding. Indeed, the construction of collective identities can make a difference between choosing war or choosing more peaceful paths to dispute resolution. Identity is also deeply entwined in the ways we choose to remember past wars, through commemorations and memorials.
In this conference, we are seeking contributions from scholars who are interested in questions related to identity, broadly conceived, (including nationality, ethnicity, gender, profession, etc.) and memory inwar and peacebuilding, such as:
Please send abstracts of maximum 300 words (word format) for presentations lasting no more than 20 minutes, together with a maximum of 5 keywords and a biography of 150 words including name, title, institutional affiliation, contact information and technical requirements where applicable to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2018.
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Entitlement to Islands, Rocks and Low-Tide Elevations in the South China Sea: Geoeconomics versus Rule of Law
Professor Solomon Salako, Professorial Fellow, School of Law and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies
Date: 2 May, 2018
Time: 12:00 -1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Venue: EDEN014, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, L16 9JD
The South China Sea, in South East Asia, covers an area of 648,000 square nautical miles. Located in the South China Sea are hundreds of islands, rocks and low-tide elevations. Some of these islands and low-tide elevations are rich in oil and natural gas and are of geostrategic interest not only to the littoral states but also to the United States.
China’s ‘entitlement’ to 80 per cent of the South China Sea, including the largest islands (Paracels and Spratlys), is based on discovery, occupation and historic rights spanning over two thousand years. However, there are other littoral claimants, such as Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan; and what is more, the United States is implicated in Japan’s claim for historical and other reasons.
Entitlement to islands, rocks and low-tide elevations in the South China Sea is based either on historical claims under customary international law or on maritime claims under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS). The objects of this lecture are: (i) to evaluate the rule of law and geoeconomics in claims to islands, rocks and low-tide elevations in the South China Sea; (ii) to evaluate the historical and maritime claims of the littoral states, especially the Philippines-China arbitration, with a view to showing that the two claims under international law intersect and collide; (iii) to assess critically the United States’ involvement and the Thucydides trap; and (iv) to articulate the reasons why geoeconomics should guide not only the interpretation of UNCLOS but also state responses in terms of joint development and unilateral strategies.