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Case name The Republic of Philippines v. The People's Republic of China
Case description

On 22 January 2013, the Republic of the Philippines instituted arbitral proceedings against the People’s Republic of China under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the “Convention”), “with respect to the dispute with China over the maritime jurisdiction of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.” On 19 February 2013, China presented a Note Verbale to the Philippines in which it described “the Position of China on the South China Sea issues,” and rejected and returned the Philippines’ Notification. The Permanent Court of Arbitration acts as Registry in this arbitration.

Name(s) of Claimant(s) The Republic of Philippines ( State )
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The People’s Republic of China ( State )
Names of Parties
Case number 2013-19
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Pending
Type of case Inter-state arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Law of the sea
Rules used in arbitral proceedings - Other -
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced Multilateral treaty
Treaty: UNCLOS

Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Netherlands
Arbitrator(s)

Judge Thomas A. Mensah (President)
Judge Jean-Pierre Cot
Judge Stanislaw Pawlak
Professor Alfred H. Soons
Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum

Representatives of the Claimant(s)

Agent
Solicitor General Jose. C. Calida 
Office of the Solicitor General, Makati, Republic of the Philippines

Counsel
Paul S. Reichler
Lawrence H. Martin
Andrew B. Loewenstein
Foley Hoag LLP


Professor Bernard H. Oxman
University of Miami School of Law

Professor Philippe Sands QC
Matrix Chambers

Professor Alan Boyle
Essex Court Chambers

Representatives of the Respondent(s)

China has not appointed an agent. In a Note Verbale to the PCA on 1 August 2013, China reiterated “its position that it does not accept the arbitration initiated by the Philippines.”

Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 5
Date of commencement of proceeding [dd-mm-yyyy] 22-01-2013
Date of issue of final award [dd-mm-yyyy] 12-07-2016  
Length of Proceedings 3-4 years
Additional notes
Attachments Award or other decision
29-10-2015  English
12-07-2016  English

Other
15-04-2016  English
26-04-2016  English

Press Release
27-08-2013  English
27-08-2013  Chinese
27-08-2013  French
03-06-2014  English
03-06-2014  Chinese
03-06-2014  French
17-12-2014  English
17-12-2014  Chinese
17-12-2014  French
22-04-2015  English
22-04-2015  Chinese
22-04-2015  French
07-07-2015  Chinese
07-07-2015  French
07-07-2015  English
13-07-2015  English
13-07-2015  Chinese
13-07-2015  French
29-10-2015  Chinese
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24-11-2015  English
24-11-2015  French
24-11-2015  Chinese
30-11-2015  French
30-11-2015  English
30-11-2015  Chinese
29-06-2016  English
29-06-2016  French
29-06-2016  Chinese
12-07-2016  English
12-07-2016  French
12-07-2016  Chinese

Procedural Order
27-08-2013  English
27-08-2013  English
02-06-2014  English
16-12-2014  English
21-04-2015  English

Transcript/Minutes
07-07-2015  English
08-07-2015  English
13-07-2015  English
24-11-2015  English
25-11-2015  English
26-11-2015  English
30-11-2015  English

Written submission
30-03-2014  English
16-03-2015  English

Image
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30-11-2015  English
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