This eight page policy brief discusses the territorial dispute between China, Taiwan and Japan over the Diaoyu (Chinese name) or Senkaku (Japanese name) Islands. In 32 points, the brief addresses the historical, geographical and resource considerations behind the dispute. And the authors highlight, “the real interest in the islands lies in the potential economic value of oil and gas exploitation as well as the fisheries of the surrounding sea areas.” However, what does this international law say about the dispute?

“Contemporary international law contains a relevant toolbox for peaceful settlement of international disputes, as outlined in Article 33 of the UN Charter.”