The South China Sea – Current Issues and Future Prospects
Robert Harris, Assistant Legal Adviser for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the US Department of State
“The China vs Philippines Arbitration Case: Implications of the Decision”
Prof. Dr. Prasit Aekaputra, Dean, Faculty of Law, Huachiew Chalermprakiet University
“The South China Sea Dispute: From Jurisdiction to Future Final Verdict”
H.E. Kasit Piromya, National Reform Steering Assembly and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
“The South China Sea as a Strategic Challenge to ASEAN”
On initiative of the Embassy of the United States of America in Bangkok, CPG in cooperation with the Hans Seidel Foundation hosted the international seminar “The South China Sea – Current Issues and Future Prospects” on 3 June 2016 at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University.
The event dealt with crucial issues pertaining to the South China Sea as a conflict spot in Asia from the perspectives of international law and politics. Among the speakers were Robert Harris, assistant legal advisor for East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the US Department of State, Prof. Dr. Prasit Aekaputra, Dean, Faculty of Law, Huachiew Chalermprakiet University, and H.E. Kasit Piromya, member of the National Reform Steering Assembly and former Foreign Minister of Thailand. Vividly presented and discussed issues covered the arbitration case between the Philippines and China before of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the geopolitical and geostrategic positions of the USA and China in the South China Sea as well as the South China Sea as a strategic challenge to ASEAN. The timeliness and contentious nature of the topic attracted a great number of attendees. Among them were representatives of the academia, international organizations, the media and not less than 18 embassies.