Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice comes to Singapore to speak on the South China Sea Dispute

Posted on Monday, 16 February 2015 

Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio visited Singapore on 11-13 February 2015 to embark on the first leg of a series of overseas trips to talk on the South China Sea dispute.

While in Singapore, Justice Carpio paid a courtesy call on Singapore’s Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and visited the National University of Singapore Centre of International Law (CIL) where he met with its head, Prof. Robert Beckman and the members of the CIL’s Oceans Law and Policy Research Programme.

The highlight of Justice Carpio’s trip to Singapore was a lecture he delivered at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University to a mix audience of policymakers, representatives of think-tanks, diplomats, academicians, business people and the faculty and students of RSIS. The lecture was moderated by the former head of RSIS, Singapore’s Non-resident Ambassador to the Holy See and Spain, Ambassador Barry Desker.

Justice Carpio was also interviewed at Bloomberg TV Singapore’s studio by the channel’s anchor in Hong Kong SAR. He utilized the opportunity to elaborate on the merits of the Philippine arbitration case against China in the UNCLOS tribunal, on why China’s 9-dash line claim of the South China Sea has no basis in international law and on the importance of respecting UNCLOS, which provides a dispute settlement mechanism to resolve disputes among its member states.

From Singapore, Justice Carpio and his entourage proceeded to Kuala Lumpur on 13 February 2015 for the next leg of his overseas trip.

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Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio (2nd from left) makes a point during his call on Singapore Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon (3rd from left) at the Singapore Supreme Court in the morning of Thursday, 12 February 2015. Also in photo is Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio A. Morales (extreme left).

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From left to right: Ambassador Antonio A. Morales, Justice Antonio T. Carpio and Prof. Robert Beckman of the NUS Centre for International Law (CIL) during Justice Carpio’s visit to CIL on 12 February 2015 to meet with the team under CIL’s Oceans Law and Policy Research Programme at the NUS Bukit Timah campus in Singapore.

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From left to right: First Secretary Mersole J. Mellejor of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, Prof. Robert Beckman of CIL, Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Mrs. Ruth Carpio, Ambassador Antonio A. Morales, Atty. Mildred Que, Atty. Anna Marie Corominas and Atty. Dennis B. Bregala also of the Philippine Embassy. Photo taken at the façade of NUS Bukit Timah campus in Singapore after Justice Carpio’s visit to CIL on Thursday, 12 February 2015.

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Justice Antonio T. Carpio with from left to right, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio A. Morales, Ambassador Barry Desker and Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, prior to the start of his lecture at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore on 12 February 2015.

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Justice Antonio T. Carpio delivers his lecture on the South China Sea at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore on 12 February 2015.

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