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China’S Approaches To The Western-Dominated International Law: A Historical Perspective From The Opium War To The South China Sea Arbitration Case, Anlei Zuo Jan 2018

China’S Approaches To The Western-Dominated International Law: A Historical Perspective From The Opium War To The South China Sea Arbitration Case, Anlei Zuo

University of Baltimore Journal of International Law

China’s approaches to international law are an example of non-Western peoples’ perspectives towards the Western-dominated international law. How has China understood and interacted with the Western- dominated international law since its modern history? This research provides a historical and evolutionary framework for “China and international law” to reveal China’s approaches to the Western dominated international law since the Opium War. It finds that China is historically critical and culturally conservative, and since the Opium War, it has interacted with the Western-dominated international law in a reluctant, instrumental and pragmatic way. The research concludes that the final goal of China’s participation …


Legal Reform And The Chongquing Effect: Two Steps Forward One Step Back?, Veronica Pastor Jan 2015

Legal Reform And The Chongquing Effect: Two Steps Forward One Step Back?, Veronica Pastor

University of Baltimore Journal of International Law

For those steeped in the Western legal tradition, the Chinese political and legal system is, in the famous words of Winston Churchill, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.1 Of course, Churchill was describing the potential actions of Russia, not China.2 But, to continue borrowing from Churchill, perhaps there is a key – Chinese national interest and the interest of the Chinese Communist Party.3 This research explores the interaction between political, economic, and legal reform, and posits that the Chongqing incident4 was ultimately a positive turning point in the country’s institutional development. The theory presented herein is that …


Emerging Issues: The Underlying Economics Of The South China Sea Conflict, Christopher Stock Jan 2014

Emerging Issues: The Underlying Economics Of The South China Sea Conflict, Christopher Stock

University of Baltimore Journal of International Law

The countries of southeastern Asia and China are currently in a territorial dispute over the Spratly and Paracel island chains in the South China Sea. The South China Sea encompasses roughly 1.4 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean, spanning throughout most of southeastern Asia. A majority of the islands located within the sea are uninhabited and have never had an indigenous population, which makes it nearly impossible to track the lineage to determine sovereignty over the islands. Because there has never been an indigenous population on a majority of the islands, there are now competing claims for many of …