Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will deliver the 2020 Adrian E. Cristobal Lecture on 20 February, 3 p.m., at the Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. His lecture is titled “Our Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea.”
The Adrian E. Cristobal Lecture Series was established by the Cristobal family, in collaboration with the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), or the Writers’ Union of the Philippines, to honor the intellectual legacy of the late renowned writer and former UMPIL chairman whose birthday is 20 February.
Justice Carpio will discuss the China’s nine-dash-line claim as the root cause of the South China Sea dispute, and how the claim encroaches on the maritime zones of other coastal states. The lecture will cite the historical and legal basis showing that Scarborough Shoal and the Spratlys have been part of the official Philippine territory since at least 1734. It will also include the stories on how the Arbitral Award of The Hague Tribunal is being enforced by the world’s naval powers.
The 2020 Adrian E. Cristobal Lecture is organized by UMPIL and the Adrian E. Cristobal Foundation, and sponsored by the Ateneo School of Humanities. This is open to the public and admission is free.