Problem - Solving Approach on Effectiveness Evaluation of Soft Law Environment Regime in South China Sea

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Ali Akbar Jalbani
Ma Yingjie


This paper focuses on the effectiveness of soft law regimes on marine environment protection in South China Sea (SCS) consisted of mainly EASAP 1994, SDS-SEA 2003 and DOC 2002 among ASEAN-China. This study employs one-fold approach of problem solving in analyzing the regional marine environment regimes. The findings show that before and after the regime, creation achieves the minimum level of success on the marine environment issues. It indicates that the regional marine environment regimes are not effective in tackling the issues of the marine environment in the SCS and it is unsuccessful to comply with the effectiveness criteria in achieving desired outcomes of what it meant to achieve.

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