China’s efforts to improve its image in the US
By Isaac Stone Fish
July 7, 2016
And yet, Beijing has been mostly unsuccessful in building international support for its South China Sea claims. One reason is the perceived weakness of its legal case. Most experts, at least outside of China, seem to agree that the Permanent Court of Arbitration will rule in the Philippines favor. “China’s claim that it can legally ignore the pending arbitral award is not only wrong, it is legally insupportable,” Julian Ku, a professor of constitutional law at Hosftra University, wrote on the blog Lawfare.
DRAWING THE LINE: The line on a 70-year-old map that threatens to set off a war in East Asia
By Steve Mollman
July 7, 2016
Over the next six decades, little happened with the map. “The nine-dash line was not controversial between 1949 and 2009 because no one ever spent time talking or thinking about it,” notes Julian Ku, a professor at the law school of Hofstra University in New York. “China rarely asserted it publicly.”
Beijing turns on Japanese judge as Hague tribunal ruling over South China Sea nears
By Jesse Johnson
The Japan Times
July 8, 2016
Julian Ku, a professor of constitutional law at Hofstra University in New York, said that China’s claims omit an important fact.
“The only reason then-ITLOS president Shunji Yanai was involved is because China refused to exercise its right to appoint a member of the tribunal and to participate in the appointment of three others,” Ku wrote on the influential Lawfare blog published in conjunction with the Brookings Institution.