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MANILA, Philippines - The Ateneo De Manila University School of Law will hold a Colloquium to examine the Philippine Claims over the Scarborough Shoal and Kalayaan Islands under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on July 7, 2012 (Saturday) 3:00 p.m. at the Ateneo Professional Schools, 20 Rockwell Drive, Makati City.
The recent incident involving the Philippines and China in the Scarborough Shoal has caused considerable tension in the South East Asian Region. The Philippines along with Brunei, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam are claiming sovereignty over islands comprising the Spratly Islands and Scarborough Shoal.
The Colloquium will serve as the venue to assess the Philippine claim of sovereignty over these islands within the framework and provisions of UNCLOS.
The UNCLOS is an internationally binding instrument that lays down the most comprehensive regime of law and order in the world's oceans and seas. It defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world's oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment, and the management of marine natural resources.
The Philippines signed the Convention on December 10, 1982 and ratified it on May 8, 1984. The UNCLOS became effective on November 6, 1994.Dr. Lowell Bautista of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, Mr. Nomar John Ado and Atty. Margret Malang of the Department of Foreign Affairs will serve as speakers in the event.
Atty. Evecar Cruz-Ferrer of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Mr. Saturday Alciso will serve as reactors.
The event is organized by the Developments in International Law Class under Attys. Aris Gulapa, Cecille Mejia and Jose Victor Chan-Gonzaga under the guidance of Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria.