Faculty Notes

Prof. Julian Ku Quoted in Washington Post Story on China’s Rejection of Arbitration in Philippine-Chinese South China Sea Dispute

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

U.S. ‘hypocrisy’ and Chinese cash strengthen Beijing’s hand in South China Sea
By Simon Denyer
The Washington Post
June 10, 2016


Julian Ku, a professor of constitutional law at Hofstra University, says Beijing has “a very weak” case. The court, he points out, has already spent a year considering the question of jurisdiction and ruled that it does have the authority to consider many of the issues raised by the Philippines.

“While I have expressed strong criticism of the Philippines’ use of arbitration (and the U.S. role in supporting it) from a strategic perspective, I don’t have any such criticism of their legal arguments,” Ku wrote in a blog post. “China’s claim that it can legally ignore the pending arbitral award is not only wrong, it is legally insupportable.”

Read the full article at washingtonpost.com.