South China Sea
Image: Left Fiery Cross Reef July 2009, Right September 2015 photo via CSIS and Asia Transparency Maritime Initiative, cropped to fit

CAPI Roundtable:

Southeast Asia in Global Context

Situated between India and China, along the busiest maritime sea routes in the world, Southeast Asia remains today at the crossroads of ideas, commerce, migration, language, religion, and law, as it has for centuries. With a total population greater than that of the European Union, the countries of Southeast Asia have been working through the ASEAN—the Association of Southeast Asian Nations—to integrate their economies and cooperate politically and economically on matters of common concern, increasing the region’s influence on global affairs. This roundtable series situates contemporary Southeast Asia in Asia and the wider world, examining the many ways the pressing issues in the region affect us all. The inaugural Roundtable in November 2016 considered Thailand's Political and Constitutional Future, following the death in October of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) after his remarkable 70-year reign.

The South China Sea and US-China-ASEAN Relations

2 February 2017
Diana M. Priestly Law Library Room 265
3:30 – 5:30pm

The South China Sea has steadily become a flashpoint in world politics, with China, the United States, and the member states of ASEAN having legal, political, economic, commercial, and military interests in the region. This session will examine the background to the rising tensions in the region, beginning with a discussion of the South China Sea Arbitration Award on 12 July 2016, the rising tensions between the US, China, and ASEAN, and the legal, political, and economic implications of rising instability in the region two weeks into the Trump Administration in the United States.


Phil Calvert, CAPI Associate and former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand
Gordon Houlden. Director of the China Institute, University of Alberta
Ted McDorman, Professor of Law, University of Victoria
Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Harold S. Shefelman Professor of Law, University of Washington
Cindy Termorshuizen, Embassy of Canada to China, Beijing
Brett Witthoeft, Maritime Forces Pacific, Department of Defense, Government of Canada
James Boutilier, Maritime Forces Pacific, Department of Defense, Government of Canada

Chair: Victor V. Ramraj, CAPI Law Chair and Professor of Law, University of Victoria

This Roundtable is generously supported by the University of Victoria Faculty of Law

Past Roundtables:

Thailand's Political and Constitutional Future with Phil Calvert and Catherine Morris - 8 November 2016