Date: 08Apr 2016

The talk will focus on whether Japan’s possession of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands has a legal basis. Unlike most analyses focusing on historic titles and ancient maps, this presentation will use an alternative approach. The talk will be based on the status quo of the islands at the end of the war. In particular, the talk will refer to primary records in the period from 1945-52.

Melissa Loja is a PhD student in the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. She is under the supervision of Professor Simon Young. She has published a number of articles on international law. Her talk is based on a paper which will be published in the European Journal of International Law (2016). She previously worked as a law clerk at the Philippine Supreme Court and Philippine Court of Appeals.