The workshop attracts nearly 100 scholars and researchers from Vietnam and other countries
The event attracted nearly 100 scholars and researchers from institutes
and universities in Vietnam, the US, Australia, Japan, the Philippines,
the Republic of Korea and India.
Nearly 30 speeches delivered at three discussion panels focused on the
legal status of islands and rocks in international law, sovereignty
disputes over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos,
and The Hague tribunal’s ruling on the Philippines’ lawsuit against
They stressed the importance of free navigation and overflight in line
with international law in the East Sea to both regional countries and
others around the world.
They also reiterated the principle of resolving international disputes
by peaceful means on the basis of international law, including the 1982
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the application of
this principle in dealing with East Sea-related disputes.
Many participants applauded the final and binding verdict issued by The
Hague tribunal on July 12, adding that the ruling will help narrow
disputed areas and bring about new opportunities for solving the
Most also shared the view on ASEAN’s central role in building the
region’s security architecture and promoting diplomatic and legal
processes to settle East Sea disputes in conformity with Article 33 of
the UN Charter.
The delegates also called for the full implementation of the Declaration
on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and efforts to expeditiously
finilise a code of conduct in order to open up more opportunities for
peace and stability there.
The workshop was organised by Pham Van Dong University and Nha Trang University.
At the event, an exhibition was also held to provide historical evidence
testifying to Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa