The Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands has scheduled the hearing on merits of case filed by Philippines against China regarding the West Philippine Sea dispute on November 24 to 30.
“The Oral Hearing on the merits of the Philippines-China arbitration case under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will be held from 24 November to 30 November 2015 at The Hague, the Netherlands,” the Department of Foreign Affairs said today in a released statement.
The five-man Tribunal recently rendered its decision on the issue of Jurisdiction and Admissibility of case raised by China. It decided that it will hold further hearings to hear the merits of the case.
The Tribunal said “this arbitration concerns the role of “historic rights” and the source of maritime entitlements in the South China Sea, the status of certain maritime features in the South China Sea and the maritime entitlements they are capable of generating, and the lawfulness of certain actions by China in the South China Sea that are alleged by the Philippines to violate the Convention.”
“The Tribunal has also held that China’s decision not to participate in these proceedings does not deprive the Tribunal of jurisdiction and that the Philippines’ decision to commence arbitration unilaterally was not an abuse of the Convention’s dispute settlement procedures,” the Tribunal said in the press statement released October 29.
The Tribunal said it will render its Award on the merits and remaining jurisdictional issues in 2016.
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