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  • 7 - 8 July 2017

    Carrie Lam delivering welcome remarks on 7 July 2017.

    After the Colloquium closing on 8 July 2017, from left to right: Prof Dr Albert Jan van den Berg (former President and Secretary-General of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute), Prof Reed, Dr Margaret Yang (former Director-General, World Health Organization), Mr Xie Zhenhua (Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China), Prof Teresa Cheng SC (Chairman, AAIL), Mr Hans Michael Jebsen (Chairman, Jebsen Group), Prof Paul Haagen (Duke Law School).


    CIL Director Professor Lucy Reed represented the Centre and spoke at the inaugural colloquium on International Law of the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL) in Hong Kong on 7-8 July 2017. The theme of the colloquium was 'Common Future in Asia', with panels on 'One Country Two Systems: Interaction with International Law', 'Investment Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges for Asia', and 'Interpretation of Treaties and UNCLOS: The Regime of Islands, Rocks and Offshore Archipelagos'. The welcome and keynote speakers included the new Hong Kong Chief Executive Mrs Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS; Mr Rimsky Yuen, GBM, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong; Professor Teresa Cheng SC, Chairman of the AAIL; Dr Li Shishi, President of the Chinese Society of International Law; Professor Zhang Yuejiao, Former WTO Appellate Body Member and Chair; Mr Liu Zhenmin, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of China (by video); and Mr Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of China. As the first speaker on the panel on 'Interpretation of Treaties and UNCLOS', Prof Reed addressed the basics of treaty interpretation under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, with examples in the Award on Merits of the UNCLOS Annex VII Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea Arbitration (Philippines v China) other than UNCLOS Article 121(3). She offered the audience, which contained many newcomers to international law as well as oceans law experts, three points to remember: (1) treaty interpretation is an art not a science; (2) resorting to standard dictionaries to define the 'ordinary meaning' of treaty terms is not helpful; and (3) when international tribunals are asked to interpret a treaty on a dispositive issue, one or both states will be unsatisfied, many will criticise, and scholars will be busy. The colloquium programme is available at www.colloquium.aail.org.
  • 2 - 21 July 2017
    CIL made a significant contribution to the 22nd Annual Rhodes Academy of Oceans Law and Policy, which was held in Rhodes, Greece, from 2 July to 21 July, 2017. As one of the five sponsoring organisations of the Rhodes Academy, CIL sponsored five participants to attend the 2017 Academy. The five participants sponsored by CIL included two members of CIL research staff (Ms Millicent McCreath and Ms Xu Muzi) as well as Mr Tran Minh of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, Ms Adelsia Coelha Da Silva of the Maritime Boundary Office of Timor Leste, and Ms Christina Fernandez, a judicial law clerk to the Supreme Court of the Philippines. CIL-sponsored participants bagged both prizes at the 2017 Academy. Ms Millicent McCreath, a CIL Research Associate, won the prize for the best paper in the written examination, and Ms Adelsia Coelha Da Silva of Timor Leste won the prize for the best student in the oral examination. Millicent stated on her win that it was a real honour to be awarded the prize considering the very high calibre of the participants at the Academy. Attending the Rhodes Academy was a very valuable experience and I learnt a great deal from the distinguished faculty and also from my classmates. I would encourage anyone interested in or working in the field of law of the sea to apply to attend the Academy in future years. As a sponsoring organisation, CIL also contributes to the teaching programme at the Rhodes Academy. Assoc Prof Robert Beckman has been teaching at the Academy since 2009. This year he gave three lectures on the marine environment and organised a workshop on how the UNCLOS dispute settlement regime can be utilised in cases involving damage to the marine environment. The workshop was cotaught by Assoc Prof Beckman and ITLOS Judge Paik Jin-Hyun of Korea, who is a member of CILs International Advisory Panel.
  • 27 - 29 June 2017
    CIL Senior Visiting Research Fellow Dr Lynn Kuok recently participated in the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, also known as the 'Summer Davos'. it is the foremost global gathering on science, technology and innovation, and convenes the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and society, and leaders from major multinationals, government, media, academia and civil society. In keeping with WEF founder Professor Klaus Schwab's call for economics to be considered in its broader security context, Dr Kuok presented on a panel examining 'A New Strategic Narrative for Asia'.
  • 22-24 June 2017
    CIL Research Fellow Zhen Sun participated in the 6th World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2017 organized by the Korean Political Science Association, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Korea Foundation and Korea Maritime Institute. The conference was held in Yonsei University, Seoul on 22-24 June on 'Rebuilding Trust in Peace and Democracy'. Zhen delivered a presentation on 'Non-Traditional Maritime Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia' under the panel on 'How to Promote Peaceful Uses of the Seas in Asia'.
  • 19-21 June 2017
    CIL Senior Research Fellow Youna Lyons participated in the 2017 Global Ocean Regime Conference of the Korea Maritime Institute. The conference was held in Seoul on 19-21 June 2017 on the theme of the role of international law and its limits, in particular the maritime order in Asia after the South China Sea Arbitration. Youna presented on the 'Protection of the Marine Environment after the SCS Arbitration Award'.