Chinese Perspectives Part 3: Sovereignty

The Great Wall of China

“In the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, the principle of sovereignty ranks first.  It is the main principle to which the other four principles are related.  It is linked to territorial integrity and supplemented by the principles of non-intervention and non-aggression.  Equality and mutual benefit is the concrete expression of the sovereignty of a State, … Read more

Chinese Perspectives Part 2: History

Treaty of Nanjing

To understand anything about the contemporary Chinese perspective on international law, one must have a cursory understanding of China’s history of international relations. In this regard, Chinese history can be divided into three distinct periods: 1842 to 1949, 1949 to 1978, and 1978 to the present. The first period begins on August 29, 1842 with … Read more

Chinese Perspectives Part 1: Introduction

Judge Xue Hanqin

In 1984, the People’s Republic of China’s preeminent scholar of international law, Wang Tieya, taught a Special Course at the Hague Academy of International Law called “International Law in China: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” As and a key advisor to the PRC on such matters, Professor Wang discussed international law in ancient China, political developments … Read more

Chinese Perspectives Part 1: Introduction

Judge Xue Hanqin

In 1984, the People’s Republic of China’s preeminent scholar of international law, Wang Tieya, taught a Special Course at the Hague Academy of International Law called “International Law in China: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” As and a key advisor to the PRC on such matters, Professor Wang discussed international law in ancient China, political developments … Read more

Interview with Peter Robinson, Legal Advisor to Radovan Karadzic

Peter Robinson

On Monday, July 18, 2011, I sat down with Peter Robinson at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mr. Robinson is the legal advisor to founding member of the Serbian Democratic Party and former President of the Republic of Srpska, Radovan Karadzic. Karadzic appears before the tribunal charged … Read more

Orie Silences an Irrational Mladic at the ICTY

Ratko Mladic at the ICTY

On July 4, Judge Alphons Orie had former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic removed from the courtroom of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for disrupting the proceedings and communicating with the audience. Despite the fact that the vast majority of the coverage surrounding the hearing focused on the alleged mockery Mladic made … Read more