PH counsel for China sea dispute a 'lawyer's lawyer'
MANILA - The counsel who will represent the Philippines in its maritime arbitration case against China is a “lawyer’s lawyer."
At a forum in New York, Ambassador Libran Cabactulan said Paul Reichler has a reputation of being the preferred lawyer of sovereign states. Cabactulan is the country’s permanent representative to the United Nations.
“Reichler is a top-ranked international lawyer with extensive experience representing sovereign countries before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, among others," he said.
Reichler was Nicaragua’s lawyer in a 1986 ICJ case, a landmark ruling of the World Court which says the United States illegally used force – in violation of the UN Charter – against the Sandinista government of Nicaragua.
“But he has particular experience representing and advising states in land and maritime boundary disputes with neighboring states,” Cabactulan added.
Reichler was also present during the event and gave an overview of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea’s (UNCLOS) compulsory arbitration process.
He said arbitration gives politically, economically or militarily weaker countries “the rare opportunity to hope, through peaceful settlement and the rule of law, for equal treatment with stronger countries”.