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The South China Sea Arbitration

Bulletin No. 6 from the Permanent Court of Arbitration: On the Conclusion of the Hearing

The Peace Palace at The Hague, Netherlands.

The Peace Palace at The Hague, Netherlands.

Bulletin No. 6 of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte on the Conclusion of the Arbitral Tribunal’s Hearing on Jurisdiction and Admissibility of the Philippines’ Arbitration Case against China

[Released on July 14, 2015]

Today, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands concluded the hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility of the Philippines’ claims against China.

The Arbitral Tribunal scheduled two rounds of hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility on the case filed by the Philippines. The first round of oral arguments was held on 7-8 July 2015. The Tribunal deliberated on scheduling a second round of arguments, conscious of its duty to assure parties of the full opportunity to present its case.

The hearing concluded with the second round of arguments conducted today for the Philippines to address additional and clarificatory questions from the Tribunal. Solicitor General Florin Hilbay delivered the closing statement. The Philippines has until July 23, 2015, to give its written submission to the Tribunal to amplify its answers to questions posed by individual members of the tribunal.

The article was originally posted at http://www.gov.ph/2015/07/14/bulletin-6-arbitral-tribunal-the-hague/

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