Philippines unilateral move to submit the South China Sea dispute to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) obtained new progress
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines declared on March 25 that as China refused to respond to the arbitration submitted by the Philippines, the President of ITLOS Shunji Yanai last week had appointed the Polish judge Stanislaw Love Pawlak to represent China in attending the court of arbitration on the dispute. According to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, once the five-party panel of arbitrators of the International Court of Arbitration is formed, the court will begin to hear arguments from both parties, and in accordance with international law it will determine which party has the more reasonable proposition. Some believe that the situation of China is now seems to be reactive.
In the next step, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will first confirm whether the court has jurisdiction over the case. United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea stipulates that if the dispute between the parties is related to the mainland or islands sovereignty, the dispute should not be subject to mandatory arbitration.