The article looks at three ways in which international law has affected government behavior in the South China Sea. It has exacerbated disputes. It has probably curtailed the use of force. And it has made it difficult to imagine solutions that violate the law of the sea.
The South China Sea: Law Trumps Power
Stein Tønnesson is Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and leader of the East Asian Peace program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Stein Tønnesson; The South China Sea: Law Trumps Power. Asian Survey 1 June 2015; 55 (3): 455–477. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2015.55.3.455
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