- An international court has determined China's claims in the South China Sea violate international law
- Professor William Burke-White: This decision will be a true test of whether the law can constrain Chinese power
William Burke-White is a professor of law and the director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2009-2011, he served on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's policy planning staff at the U.S. Department of State. The views expressed in this commentary are his.
(CNN)The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague has issued a scathing legal rebuke of China's maritime claims in the South China Sea. This stunning decision pits the international legal order against the power of a rising China, with significant ramifications for both the international legal system and for the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. Whether law can constrain power now turns on how China, the United States and other countries in the region use the new decision.