Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia allowed to send observers as Philippines defend case against China

The Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration headquartered at Peace Palace in The Hague, the Netherlands decided not to open the Hearing on Jurisdiction and Admissibility of case filed by Philippine against China, however it allowed several Asian countries to send delegation to observe.

“After receiving written requests from interested States, and having sought the views of the Parties, the Arbitral Tribunal has permitted the Governments of Malaysia, the Republic of Indonesia, the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the Kingdom of Thailand and Japan, to send small delegations as observers,” the Arbitral Tribunal said.

The five-member Arbitral Tribunal is chaired by Judge Thomas A. Mensah of Ghana with Judge Jean Pierre Cot of France, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak of Poland, Professor Alfred Soons of the Netherlands, and Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum of Germany as members.

The Philippine legal team summed up its two-day presentation of arguments July 8. Today the tribunal will convene to deliberate on the presentations made by the Philippines in its claims against China, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

“The Philippines will await word if it will be propounded additional questions by members of the tribunal and if a Second Round of Arguments on Hearing and Admissibility will be required,” Valte added.

If the Arbitral Tribunal requires second round of hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility, it will be conducted July 13.