Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its Maritime Case against China
A comprehensive account of the epic legal success of the Philippines' case before the International Court of Justice, seeking an arbitral ruling on territorial boundary and border questions in the South China Sea. The author sees the “paramount importance” of the ruling to the protection of Philippine sovereignty and territorial integrity, but she also describes clearly the legal debates on interpretations of the UN Convention on the Law of Sea. Readers will appreciate the unpacking of the complex nature of Philippine national interest, stretching from fishery and natural resources to security concerns and territorial integrity of the nation.
“tells the story like a film thriller…” Top Ten Book of 2018 in the Philippines - Philippines Daily Inquirer
“a juicy thriller peppered with drama and human interest…” – Philippines Star
“…an authoritative account, with lots of colour and character, of the history of the maritime rights dispute between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea, the decision by President Benigno Aquino to take China to court in 2013 and how the case itself unfolded.” – Malcolm Cook, Contemporary Southeast Asia
Marites Danguilan Vitug is the editor-at-large for Rappler and president of the Journalism for Nation Building Foundation.
Publication Year: 2018
318 pages, 229 x 152mm
Ateneo De Manila University Press