Event: ‘Britain’s Stake in the South China Sea’


shbhbh2picture-emma sarne-15 july 2016TIME: 12:00-13:15, Tuesday 19th July 2016

VENUE: Committee room 18, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKERS: Professor Steven Haines, Professor of Public International Law, University of Greenwich, Benjamin Ho, Associate Research Fellow, RSIS – Singapore, Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, Emma R. Sarne, Minster and Consul of the Embassy of the Republic of teh Philippines in London

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On the 12th July 2016, The Hague tribunal overwhelmingly backed the Philippines in a case on the disputed waters of the South China Sea, ruling that rocky outcrops claimed by China cannot be used as the basis of territorial claims. Furthermore, the tribunal found China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in those waters by interfering with its fishing and petroleum exploration and by constructing artificial islands. China has said it will not accept a ruling against it in the key international legal case. Beijing claims 90% of the South China Sea, a maritime region believed to hold a wealth of untapped oil and gas reserves and through which roughly $4.5tn of ship-borne trade passes every year. Sporadic violence between Chinese vessels and those of south-east Asia militaries have broken out in recent decades and the verdict, the first international legal decision on the issue, could have unpredictable consequences.

By kind invitation of Admiral Lord West of Spithead, The Henry Jackson Society is please to invite you to an event with Professor Steven Haines, Professor of Public International Law, University of Greenwich, Benjamin Ho, Associate Research Fellow, RSIS – Singapore, Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow, Chatham House who will explore the implications for the ruling in the Permanent Court of Arbitration between the Philippines and China and what role Britain may play in this.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Professor Steven Haines joined the University of Greenwich Law School in 2012 after working as an academic international lawyer within the international academic, diplomatic and NGO community in Geneva, where he was on the Management Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, an international Foundation funded principally by the Swiss Government. In all, he has held full-time or visiting appointments in nine university institutions, with his work encompassing both Public International Law and International Relations/Security Studies. Prior to moving to Geneva in 2008, Professor Haines was the founding Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway College, University of London, where he was also Professor of Strategy and the Law of Military Operations. He is an academic member of the First Sea Lord’s Fellowship, advising the naval staff of the MOD as well as an Associate Fellow at RUSI.

Benjamin Ho is an Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), located in Singapore. He is presently researching on security multilateralism in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on regional institutions and fora, Chinese foreign policy and ethical philosophy, national security as well as the sociology of religion. He worked as a journalist at The Straits Times between 2002 and 2006 while pursuing his undergraduate studies.  After graduating from NTU with a honours degree in Mass Communications, Benjamin joined the Singapore Ministry of Defence as a research analyst focusing on regional politics and counter-terrorism. Since joining RSIS, Benjamin has been involved in a number of think-tank events and conferences including the Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI), the Pacific Young Leaders programme and CSCAP meetings.

Bill Hayton was appointed an associate fellow at Chatham House in 2015. He is the author of ‘The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia’ published by Yale University Press and named as one of The Economist’s books of the year in 2014. His previous book, ‘Vietnam: rising dragon’, was published in 2010. He has given presentations about South China Sea and Southeast Asian issues for think-tanks and government institutions in the UK, US, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. His written work has been published in The Economist, the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat and the National Interest, among others. Bill has worked for the BBC since 1998 and currently works for BBC World News television in London. In 2006-07 he was the BBC’s reporter in Vietnam and spent a year in 2013 embedded with Myanmar’s state broadcaster working on media reform.

Ms. Emma R. Sarne is a Minister and Consul of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in London, and Alternate Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Prior to her posting in London, she was the Director for Southeast Asia of the Office for Asia and Pacific Affairs of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Director for Maritime Governance of the Maritime Office also of the DFA. She was previously posted in the Philippine Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York where she handled the 6th (Legal) Committee, and the Oceans agenda of the General Assembly, and was Vice President of the 16th States Parties Meeting to the Law of the Sea Convention. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ms. Sarne was Senior Research Specialist of the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies of the Foreign Service Institute, the in house think tank of the DFA, and head of the Territorial Issues Program.


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