IMIS | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research


Publications | Institutes | Persons | Datasets | Projects | Maps
[ report an error in this record ]basket (0): add | show Printer-friendly version

Dots and lines in the South China Sea: Insights from the law of map evidence
Franckx, E.; Benatar, M. (2012). Dots and lines in the South China Sea: Insights from the law of map evidence. Asian J. Int. Law 2(1): 89-118.
In: Asian Journal of International Law. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISSN 2044-2513, more
Peer reviewed article  

Available in  Authors 
    VLIZ: Open Repository 258181 [ OMA ]


Authors  Top 

    On 7 May 2009, the People's Republic of China (PRC) protested Vietnamese and joint Malaysian-Vietnamese submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). In support of Chinese claims, a map was annexed to the letter of protest portraying a dotted U-shaped line engulfing the greater part of the South China Sea. Following a brief primer on the genesis of the U-line, this article aims to decipher the text of the protest letter accompanying the U-line, suggesting several possible interpretations. This contribution argues that the map is of doubtful probative value in the light of various factors fleshed out in international jurisprudence regarding map evidence. Attention will be paid to the reactions of third-party states to the U-line. This article maintains that effective protest on the part of regional states has prevented the map from becoming opposable to them.

All data in IMIS is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy Top | Authors