EWC Insights: Asia-Pacific Political Transitions featuring Dr. Lili Song


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Zoom Webinar

When: Jan 19 2022 - 2:00pm until Jan 19 2022 - 3:00pm

EWC Insights: Asia- Pacific Political Transitions
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. HST

Live online via Zoom

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Dr. Lili Song

Lecturer, Law
University of Otago

In 2016, Pacific island nations Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea were among the few nations that publicly expressed support for China during the South China Sea arbitration, which revived some regional interest in maritime boundary disputes between Pacific island nations. This seminar will discuss three unsettle boundaries in the South Pacific: first, the dispute between France/New Caledonia and Vanuatu over Matthew and Hunter Islands; second, the dispute between Fiji and Tonga over the Minerva Reefs; and third, Tonga’s historic claim to the maritime area within a rectangular boundary defined in Tonga’s 1887 Royal Proclamation. 

Educated in China and New Zealand, Dr. Lili Song teaches law at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Prior to her appointment at Otago, she taught at the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu for about three years. Dr. Song's research revolves around legal issues relating to China and Pacific islands and has been published in the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, the Journal of Pacific History, and the Journal of South Pacific Law, among others. 

She is currently the secretary of the New Zealand Asian Studies Society and serves as co-editor of the Otago Law Review and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Refugee Law, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, and Climate Law and Policy. She has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of South Pacific Law. She was a visiting scholar at Oxford University, a visiting Grotius Fellow at the University of Michigan and an Australian Endeavour Postdoc Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World at Australian National University. 

Each month, the East-West Center Research Program presents an “EWC Insights” seminar that examines an environmental, demographic, or political and economic transformation reshaping the Asia-Pacific region.

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Name: Kathryn Murata