Ms Melissa Loja
Melissa Loja is a PhD student at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, where she also earned her LLM (with distinction). Her doctoral dissertation is about linguistic and procedural indicators that non-state actors, as law applying authorities, incorporate into petroleum instruments to signal that specific industry practices are a source of international legal rules.
She has published in European Journal of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law and Ocean Development and International Law. She won the Willoughby Prize (2014) for her article in Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.
- M. Loja, ‘A Critical Legal Approach to the South China Sea Territorial Dispute’, 20 Journal of the History of International Law (2018) 1, 1-19, http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15718050-20001011.
- M. Loja, ‘Status Quo Post Bellum and the Legal Resolution of the Territorial Dispute Between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands‘, 27 European Journal of International Law 4 (2016), 979–1004
- M. Loja, ‘Spratly Islands as a Single Unit under International Law: A Commentary on the Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility in Philippines/China Arbitration‘, 47 Ocean Development and International Law 4 (2016), 309-326
- J. Fry and M. Loja, ‘The Roots of Historic Title: Non-Western Pre-Colonial Normative Systems and Legal Resolution of Territorial Disputes‘, 27 Leiden Journal of International Law 3 (2014), 727-754
- M. Loja, ‘Is the Rule of Capture Countenanced in the South China Sea? The Policy and Practice of China, the Philippines and Vietnam‘, 32 Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 4 (2014), 483-508
- M. Loja, ‘Who Owns the Oil that Traverses a Boundary on the Continental Shelf in an Enclosed Sea? Seeking Answers in Natural Law through Grotius and Selden‘, 27 Leiden Journal of International Law 4 (2014), 893-911
- M. Loja, ‘A Critical Legal Approach to the South China Sea Territorial Dispute’ (forthcoming in Journal of the History of International Law, 2018)
International Agreements between Non-State Actors as a Source of International Law, American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, 4-7 April 2018, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Washington D.C.
Spratly Islands as a Single Unit under International Law, American Society of International Law Research Forum, 11-12 November 2015, University of Washington, Seattle