The South China Sea maritime dispute: The ruling of the Annex VII tribunal

Date & time
5.30–7pm Wednesday 17 August 2016

Finkel Lecture Theatre

John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, The Australian National University

Mr Bill Campbell QC
Ms Katrina Cooper
Associate Professor David Letts
Professor Donald R Rothwell


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Nicole Harman

Presented by The Centre for International & Public Law, the Centre for Military & Security Law, the Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

CIPL Monthly Seminar

Part of the CIPL Monthly Talk series series

CIPL Tuesday Talks

On 12 July 2016, the Annex VII Tribunal on the South China Sea maritime dispute unanimously decided that there was no legal foundation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for China's nine-dash line and that China had supported activities infringing the Philipines' fishing and maritime rights.

In this panel discussion, four leading experts will consider the Tribunal's ruling and its implications.


  • Mr Bill Campbell QC »

    Bill Campbell PSM QC is General Counsel (International Law), Office of International Law, Attorney-General's Department.  He has been an adviser to successive Australian Governments on international law.  He graduated in law at the University of Sydney and completed an LL.M at University College, London focusing on international law.  He was Agent and Counsel for Australia in the Southern Bluefin Tuna, Volga and Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission Advisory Opinion Cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, in the Whaling in the Antarctic Case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and Counsel in the Questions Relating to the Seizure and the Detention of Certain Documents and Data Case before the ICJ and in the Tobacco Plain Packaging Arbitration (Philip Morris (Asia) v. Australia).  He was, for a period, Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.

  • Ms Katrina Cooper »

    Ms Katrina Cooper is the Senior Legal Adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She regularly leads Australian delegations overseas, including to the annual meeting of the parties to the Antarctic Treaty and to International Law Week at the UN in New York. She also led the Australian delegation to the 2015 International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. From 2008-2012 she was Australia’s Ambassador to Mexico,  with non-resident accreditation to Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama. 

  • Associate Professor David Letts »

    Associate Professor David Letts is Co-Director of the Centre for Military and Security Law at the ANU College of Law where he teaches in the International and Military Law Programs. David's research interests are focussed on the practical impact of legal issues which affect military operations. Prior to joining the ANU College of Law he served in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 30 years.  

  • Professor Donald R Rothwell »

    Donald R Rothwell is Professor of International Law, and Deputy Dean at the ANU College of Law, Australian National University where he has taught since July 2006. His research has a specific focus on law of the sea, law of the polar regions, and implementation of international law within Australia as reflected in over 200 articles, book chapters and notes in international and Australian publications. Rothwell has authored, co-authored or edited 21 books including most recently The International Law of the Sea (2nd ed, Hart, 2016) with Stephens, and Rothwell, Oude Elferink, Scott and Stephens (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea (OUP, 2015).



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