Aircraft Salvage in Admiralty Law

By Jing Zhi Wong In a deal signed between a private seabed exploration firm and the Malaysian government, the latter was willing to pay up to $70-million in rewards conditional upon finding the elusive aircraft MH370.[1] This ‘no find, no fee’ arrangement has led to increased interest in the admiralty law of salvage because of […]

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, […]

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 […]

Seminar Series Interview #2: South China Seas

Andrew Chubb is currently conducting PhD research on the relationship between popular nationalism and China’s policy in the South China Sea. He presented a chapter of his thesis at the ILC’s Seminar Series in April. After travelling in China for two years, Andrew returned to UWA for further study. It was whilst looking for a […]