China and the Law of the Sea
China’s Artificial Islands in the South China Sea
Hamburg 2019, 208 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-339-10908-8 (Print), ISBN 978-3-339-10909-5 (eBook)
121 SRÜ, 121 UNCLOS, Artificial islands, International law, Künstliche Inseln, Law of the sea, Occupation, Okkupation, Paracel Inseln, Paracel Islands, Seerecht, South China Sea, Spratly Inseln, Spratly Islands, Südchinesisches Meer, Völkerrecht
How much do you have to artificially alter an island until it changes into an artificial island? What is an artificial island after all? When is an island an island and not just a rock? When is high tide really high tide? What is a human habitation or what is an economic life? What is an area of land? What sound like philosophical questions are actually immensely important legal questions affecting Trillions of Dollars in world trade, crude oil and fishery resources. The recent power struggle in the South China Sea provides great opportunities to find new answers to these old questions. But to unravel the dispute it is also necessary to examine the legal and historical arguments on sovereignty issues in the region and to answer the most important question of who owns the islands in the South China Sea.
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