The Quest for South Ledge

By Jing-Zhi Wong The sovereignty over ‘South Ledge’, ‘Pedra Branca’ and ‘Middle Rocks’ were the bones of contention in a dispute referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by Singapore and Malaysia in 2003 by way of Special Agreement.[1] In 2008, while Pedra Branca was awarded to Singapore and Middle Rocks to Malaysia, the […]

High Tide: Climate Change and Island States

By Olivia Townsend Seas cover more than 70% of the surface of the globe and historically have performed two important functions: first, as a medium of communication, and secondly, as a plentiful resource. These functions prompted the development of legal rules governing the seas, the most relevant of which is the United Nations Convention on […]

The usefulness of universality in Somali piracy: application to other transnational crimes

Maritime piracy off the coast of Somalis between 2007 and 2011 presented countless challenges to the international community, one of which was defining jurisdiction to enable intervening states to attempt prosecution. First, maritime piracy, defined in Article 101 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), can be summarised as acts […]

Can David overcome Goliath?

  Can David overcome Goliath? A race to riches as underdog Timor disputes the unfair and subjugating rule of an imperialistic Australia   Under the sea between Australia’s northern shores and the half island of East Timor lies a treasure trove of natural resources specifically oil and gas minerals. Revenues from these two oil and gas […]

One Sea to Divide Them All

China can claim many titles; largest economy, largest population, largest refuge of Mao Zedong posters etc. Yet, despite all the greatness already achieved, it does not seem to be enough. China is now seeking further greatness in what is not necessarily theirs. First, areas of the Himalayas, then Tibet, and now China is looking out […]