Case studies of International Court of Justice on disputed islands and the internal legal structure: enlightenment to the right of the South China Sea

YANG Zhenqi1

(1.Institute of International Strategic Studies, Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C, Beijing, China 100091)

【Abstract】The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial authority of the U.N., plays a significant role in the settlement of international disputes. The development of the territorial sovereignty theory is also reflected by some court decisions made by the ICJ. The previous similar cases, meanwhile, are often quoted as reference by the subsequent judicial cases to maintain the consistency of justice. Based on the judicial system of ICJ, this paper makes case studies of the current island disputes. With the analysis of its key basis of the court decisions, the paper summarizes the internal legal structure and provides the reference for China in the future practice of safeguarding the rithts of the South China Sea.

【Keywords】 International Court of Justice; islands; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea;

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【Funds】 Youth Project of Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences of Zhanjiang in 2014 (ZJ14QN04) Social Sciences Project of Guangdong Ocean University in 2014

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ISSN:1008-6099

CN: 44-1124/D

Vol , No. 05, Pages 41-46

October 2015

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Abstract

  • 1 Major grounds of International Court of Justice’s judgments on islands
  • 2. Legal structure of the grounds of decisions on islands by the International Court of Justice
  • 3 Enlightment for China
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