International Conference on East Sea Disputes

July 25th - 26th, 2014

Ton Duc Thang University, Nguyen Huu Tho Street, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Ton Duc Thang University will hold a two-day conference on East Sea Disputes in Ho Chi Minh City, July 25-26, 2014.

The East Sea is the world’s second busiest sea-lane with more than half of the world’s super tankers and $5.3 trillion in annual trade passing through the area. In recent years, conflict over maritime boundaries and attempts to unilaterally impose territorial claims have caused tension, threatened regional peace, maritime security and freedom of navigation, and affected the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in their traditional fishing area. Failure to reduce tension and manage conflict may lead to skirmishes and wars. It is important to find ways to peacefully manage conflict and resolve disputes based on international law.

The focus of the conference is not on the conflict itself, but on how to manage conflict and resolve disputes without the use of force or threat of use of force and protect the right of fishermen to continue fishing in their traditional fishing area.

We look for papers and panel proposals dealing with every aspect of conflict management and dispute resolution, including legal approach, diplomatic approach, and conflict resolution approach to find satisfactory solutions to contain conflict and eventually settle dispute to preserve the East Sea as an area of peace, cooperation, and prosperity.

Please click on the appropriate links on the left for more information.

Program Chairs

Prof. Nguyen Manh Hung,
George Mason University, Virginia, USA.

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Ton Duc Thang University

Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU), a young and aspiring university in vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s economic and educational hub, is proudly committed to Vietnam’s human development and sustainable growth into the 21st century.

Established in 1997, TDTU has steadily developed into one of the largest and fastest growing universities in Vietnam. The most significant milestone of such amazing growth is the inauguration of our main campus in Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City in August 2011. Equipped with modern facilities and state-of-the-art instruments,  it allows for the consolidation of many academic disciplines. The old campus in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, however, is still maintained and is now dedicated to the university’s vocational mission when it was first founded.

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