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Associational Balance of Power and the Possibilities for International Law in the South China Sea

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Recent territorial disputes in the South China Sea (SCS) have been viewed as a proxy for wider geopolitical tension between the United States and China. Realist commentators therefore argue that power will be the key driver of outcomes and the likely role of international law is peripheral. Mainstream international law scholarship is ill-equipped to respond to such criticism as it largely marginalises the relationship between law and power. However, some leading historical figures in International Law and International Relations have long argued that an ‘associational balance of power’ between States is an essential pre-condition for the effective operation of international law. We argue that re-enlivening this focus on ‘associational balance of power’ offers new insights into the possibilities for international law in the SCS. We therefore recommend an interdisciplinary research program across the fields of International Law and Strategic Studies aimed at facilitating rule-based resolution of disputes in the SCS.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia, ; 2: Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Australia, ; 3: PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania, Australia,


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