U.S. Naval War College Professor Peter Dutton discusses the UNCLOS Arbitral Tribunal decision on the Philippines' South China Sea case against China in an on-the-record teleconference moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins on July 13, 2016. Professor Dutton has been an active participant in the Committee's U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Maritime Issues & International Law, and shared his views on the implications of the decision for China, its neighbors, and Sino-American relations.

Peter Dutton is a professor of strategic studies and director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College. His current research focuses on American and Chinese views of sovereignty and international law of the sea and the strategic implications to the United States and the United States Navy of Chinese international law and policy choices. Professor Dutton is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and has been an active participant in the Committee’s Track 2 dialogue on maritime issues since its inception in 2014. He is also an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law and a senior fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute there.

His recent publications include Military Activities in the EEZ: A U.S.-China Dialogue for Security in the Maritime Commons (Naval War College Press, 2010); “Caelum Liberam: Air Defense Identification Zones Outside Sovereign Airspace” (American Journal of International Law, October 2009); “Charting a Course: US-China Cooperation at Sea” (China Security, April 2009); “Scouting, Signaling and Gate-Keeping: Chinese Naval Operations in Japanese Waters and the International Law Implications” (China Maritime Studies Monograph, April 2009); and “Carving Up the East China Sea” (Naval War College Review, Spring 2007). Professor Dutton has testified before the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Professor Dutton is a retired Navy Judge Advocate. He holds a law degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree from the Naval War College, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. 

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