ITLOS appoints Tribunal team on South China Sea claim

MANILA, Philippines - The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has appointed all 5 members of the United Nations Tribunal that will hear the territorial case filed by the Philippines against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). 

The members of the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) are:  

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippines was informed of the update through a letter submitted by Pinto to Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza on Wednesdday, April 24. 

The government wants the tribunal to declare China's 9-Dash claim as "invalid" and "unlawful." 

The development comes as heads of state at the 22nd ASEAN Summit discussed the possibility of adopting a Code of Conduct for the West Philippine Sea that will minimize the risk of conflict between claimant nations in the area. - with reports from Angela Casauay/