Trans-boundary Fisheries Management Cooperation in the South China Sea: An International Law Perspective
PhD student: Mrs Y.H. Tran
Promotor: Prof A. Oude Elferink
Duration: 1/3/2014 - 28/2/2018
The South China Sea, the second largest semi-enclosed sea in the world, has long been the subject of extremely complicated maritime and territorial disputes among the bordering states Brunei, China (Taiwan), Malaysia, the Philippines and Viet Nam. A wide range of suggestions has been put forward concerning the peaceful settlement of the disputes for the maintenance of peace and stability in the region; however, little has been achieved. Amidst the growing tensions among the claimants, attention tends to be increasingly devoted to cooperation as a solution to build strategic trust and maintain regional peace and stability, especially in the field of fisheries. Moreover, it is reported that excessive and unsustainable fishing practices as well as marine environmental degradation have led to a long-term decline in productivity of the South China Sea, which accentuates the need for cooperative fisheries management. The purpose of this research is to explore the contribution international law and fisheries regimes in other regions could make to developing a fisheries management cooperation regime in the South China Sea.