China's illegal construction on Vietnam's Phu Lam island (Source: VNA)
Khanh Hoa (VNA) – Nearly 100 scholars from Vietnam, the US, Australia, Japan, the Philippines and India will attend a workshop​ discussing legal regulations on islands and rocks in international law and practice in the East Sea, in the central province of Khanh Hoa on August 17-18.

During a press conference on August 16, Rector of Pham Van Dong University Pham Dang Phuoc, who is head of the organising board, said this annual event affords participants a chance to clarify legal regulations in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

In the light of the recent tribunal ruling over the Philippines’ lawsuit against China, the workshop will also look into Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes, he said.

Rector of Nha Trang University Trang Si Trung said the event is to examine the position and role of international law and peaceful solutions to the settlement of international disputes, thereby proposing measures to contribute to peace and stability in the East Sea.

On the occasion, an exhibition featuring historic evidence on Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa will also open.

This year’s event will be co-organised by Pham Van Dong University and Nha Trang University.-VNA