ANU Briefing: The Law of the Sea in the Asia Pacific Region

9.15am, Monday 21 August, Committee Room 2R-1

Thursday, August 17, 2017 — 2017 marks the 35th year since the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) was finalised.

Despite the near universal acceptance of the LOSC there remain significant differences in interpretation and implementation of the Convention. Nowhere the LOSC been more keenly tested than in the Asia Pacific region, especially the South China Sea.

Professor Don Rothwell, Dr Imogen Saunders and Associate Professor David Letts from the ANU College of Law will be available on the legal issues that surround the maritime environment in the Asia Pacific region.

Media representatives will also be invited to attend the briefing.

9.15am, Monday 21 August, Committee Room 2R-1
Short presentation by Professor Don Rothwell, Dr Imogen Saunders and Associate Professor David Letts.

Professor Don Rothwell, Dr Imogen Saunders and Associate Professor David Letts.

9.30am - Questions and discussion

10.00am - Briefing concludes

RSVP not essential but appreciated to

For further information, please contact or 02 6125 9525 for further information. 



Information about the speakers

Associate Professor David Letts

Associate Professor Letts is Director of the Military Law Program, and one of the Co-Directors of the Centre for Military and Security Law, at the ANU College of Law. He arrived at ANU in late 2012 after a career of more than three decades in the Royal Australian Navy.  David’s research interests centre upon the application of legal regimes to military operations, and he has written on topics including military justice, law of the sea, the law of naval warfare, international humanitarian law and the legal issues which arise on peacekeeping operations. He is a regular public commentator on government policy which affects the legality of Australian military operations and his opinion is regularly sought by the media

Professor Donald R Rothwell

Professor Rothwell is one of Australia’s leading experts in International Law with specific focus on the law of the sea; law of the polar regions, use of force and implementation of international law within Australia. His most recent publication - the 3rd edition of International Law in Australia (2017) co-edited with Dr Emily Crawford, revives a publication that last appeared in 1984 and brings together some of Australia's most eminent international law jurists, practitioners and scholars to assess contemporary developments for Australia and international law. In 2012 Rothwell was appointed an inaugural ANU Public Policy Fellow, and in 2015 elected as Fellow to the Australian Academy of Law. He is a regular media commentator on international law issues.

Dr Saunders

Dr Imogen Saunders is a lecturer at the ANU College of Law.   Imogen researches in public international law, and has published work on artificial islands and the law of the sea, general principles of law, international security institutions and international disaster relief law.  Her most recent publication was on the Arbitral Tribunal’s decision in the Philippines-China Arbitration.