October 26-27

ICAS will be sending a delegation lead by Executive Director Dr. Nong Hong to Edmonton, Canada to attend the 5th annual Asia Maritime Security Forum, Maritime Security and Cooperation: Opportunities and Challenges in Asia-Pacific and the Arctic.

The two-day forum will examine similarities and differences between the maritime security and stability in these two regions. The territorial and sovereign rights disputes in the South China Sea are frequently covered in academia and the media, but more often than not the Arctic is overlooked. This region is increasingly becoming a battleground for competing interests and claims. Thus far, international law and the law of the sea has managed to resolve these issues as they arise, but that will become increasingly difficult. As more of the Arctic becomes accessible and its resources harvestable due to climate change, the frequency and complexity of these competing claims will only increase. Current ambiguity in international law is already proving to be problematic in resolving the disputes in the South China Sea. It is essential that this doesn’t spill over into the Arctic as well.

This conference will seek to address these challenges and identify common ground for cooperation and dispute resolution in the South China Sea and the Arctic. The conference will also seek to establish concrete policy proposals to enhance the efficiency and robustness of the international legal regime.

Program

Location: Maple Leaf Room, Lister Conference Centre, 2nd Floor, 11613 87 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta

Date: October 26-27, 2017

 

Thursday, October 26

 

08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast and Registration

 

09:00 – 09:10 Welcoming Remarks

Gordon HOULDEN, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta

WU Shicun, President, National Institute for South China Sea Studies

 

09:10 – 09:30 Opening Keynote Address

Introduction: Roger EPP, Director, UAlberta North

Keynote Remarks: His Excellency Mr. LU Shaye, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the P.R.China to Canada, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada

 

09:30 – 11:00 Panel I: Geopolitical Situation and Security Challenges

Chair: WU Shicun, President, National Institute for South China Sea Studies

Speakers:
James BOUTILLIER, Special Advisor, Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters, Canada

KOO Min Gyo, Associate Dean, Office of International Affairs Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, South Korea

ZHU Feng, Executive Director, China Center for Collaborative Studies on the South China Sea, Nanjing University

Murray HIEBERT, Senior Advisor, Southeast Asia Program, CSIS

 

11:00 – 11:15 Health Break

 

11:15 – 12:45 Panel II: Security and Safety Challenges of Navigation

Chair: Gordon HOULDEN, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta

Speakers:
Hao Duy PHAN, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Ted McDORMAN, Professor, Law Faculty, University of Victoria

DING Duo, Research Fellow, National Institute for the South China Sea Studies

SONG Jiwei, Research Associate, China Center for Collaborative Studies on the South China Sea, Nanjing University

 

12:45 – 13:45 Luncheon Keynote

Global Affairs Canada – TBC

 

13:45 – 15:15 Panel III: Maritime Environment Protection

Chair: Ashley ESAREY, China Institute, University of Alberta

Speakers:
Ja Ian CHONG, Associate Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore

Kurkpatrick DORSEY, Professor of History Department, University of New Hampshire

Tabitha MALLORY, Nonresident Fellow, National Bureau of Asian Research

Xiaoyi JIANG, Associate Professor, China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies, Wuhan University

 

15:15 – 15:30 Health Break

 

15:30 – 17:00 Panel IV: Dispute Management and Ocean Governance

Chair: ZHU Feng, Executive Director, China Center for Collaborative Studies on the South China Sea, Nanjing University

Speakers:
Dr. Rommel C. Banlaoi: Chairman, Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR)

Wendell SANFORD, Research Associate, Maritime and Environmental Institute, Dalhousie Law School; Director of Outreach, Ottawa Branch, the Naval Association of Canada University

LIU Fu-Kuo, Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations, Taiwan Chengchi University

Nong HONG, Executive Director, ICAS; Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

 

Friday, October 27

 

09:00 – 10:30 Panel V Maritime Cooperation

Chair: Anita DEY NUTTALL, Associate Director, UAlberta North

Speakers:
Aldo CHIRCOP, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Dalhousie, Canada

ZOU Xinqing, Professor, Department of Coastal and Oceanography Science, Nanjing University

Adele BUCKLEY, Canadian Pugwash Group

Whitney LACKENBAUER, University of Waterloo

 

10:30 – 10:45 Health Break

 

10:45 – 11:15 Wrap-up

ZHU Feng, Executive Director, China Center for Collaborative Studies on the South China Sea, Nanjing University
Gordon HOULDEN, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta

 

11:20 – 12:30 Lunch