Protection of endangered species in disputed waters: Justifying the protective measures of the Philippines under international law

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Document Type

Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Legal Management

Subject Categories

Law of the Sea


Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business


Commercial Law

Thesis Adviser

Patrick S. Perillo

Defense Panel Chair

Edward P. Chico

Defense Panel Member

Christopher E. Cruz
Voltaire B. Salud


With the on-going territorial dispute, the subsistence of endangered sea turtles in the Hasa-Hasa Shoal is being put at risk. This Shoal, located 60 nautical miles from Palawan, is well within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Philippines. There have been numerous cases of poaching in the said area that involved Chinese nationals. In the recent case in May 2014, 11 Chinese fishermen, together with approximately 500 endangered sea turtles, were seized by the Philippine National Police. The endangered species were green marine and hawksbill turtles, which are listed as endangered and critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), respectively. Because of this poaching incident, the tension between China and the Philippines has escalated. This research seeks to identify whether there has been an infringement of rights and obligations by either of the states. Also it aims to identify the legal remedies that maybe undertaken in order to uphold the international environmental obligation amidst the territorial dispute. The study looked into the different sources of international law to justify the protective measures of the Philippines towards the endangered species.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F, Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

[2], 133 leaves, illustrations (some color), 29 cm.


Contiguous zones (Law of the sea)--Philippines; Territorial waters--Philippines; Endangered species--Protection--Law and legislation--Philippines; Economic zones (Law of the sea)--Philippines

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