How a 'Rules-Based Approach' Could Improve the South China Sea Situation

Perspectives on the South China Sea: Diplomatic, Legal, and Security Dimensions of the Dispute - A Report of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, September 2014

13 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2014 Last revised: 17 Oct 2015

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Jonathan G. Odom

Government of the United States of America - U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps

Date Written: September 30, 2014

Abstract

Much has been said about the importance of a "rules-based approach" to resolving the disputes in the waters of East Asia among the nations bordering the South China Sea and to reducing the risks that arise from those disputes. Truth be told, there is not a single rule of international law or international norm that will solve all of these problems or mitigate all of these risks. Instead there is a patchwork of rules and norms that could help to address different aspects of the matter. This chapter highlights some of the specific ways a "rules-based approach" could improve the South China Sea situation.

Keywords: South China Sea, International Law

Suggested Citation

Odom, Jonathan G., How a 'Rules-Based Approach' Could Improve the South China Sea Situation (September 30, 2014). Perspectives on the South China Sea: Diplomatic, Legal, and Security Dimensions of the Dispute - A Report of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, September 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2504839

Jonathan G. Odom (Contact Author)

Government of the United States of America - U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps ( email )

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