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Addressing the conference, attended by more than 100 law researchers and experts, Nguyen Ba Cuong from the Vietnam Institute of Seas and Islands underlined the role of international law to peace, security and stability.
In the East Sea and other sea areas around the world, international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), has created a legal order that promotes trade and use of sea areas in a peaceful, fair and effective manner as well as activities to preserve biological resources, study and protect the marine environment, he said.
He highlighted Vietnam’s contributions to the development of international law in the East Sea, stating that like other UNCLOS member countries, Vietnam has been applying the constitution for the oceans.
Cuong described International law, including the UNCLOS as a tool for Vietnam to define and clarify its maritime rights and obligations as well as give mechanisms for the settlement of maritime disputes with other neighbouring countries and handle effectively these disputes.
The UNCLOS is seen as as a solid international legal basis for the definition and protection of Vietnam’s territorial waters and continental shelf along with the country’s legitimate rights and interests at sea.