'China's Law of the Sea'

aerial photograph of Shenzhen port

Yantian Port in 2020 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

'China's Law of the Sea'

Isaac Kardon, Delicia Gonzales Zimmerman, Aynne Kokas (moderator)

Thursday, February 01, 2024
2:00PM - 3:00PM (EST)
Event Details

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about how China is shaping the rules of regional and global order. An expert panel considers Isaac Kardon’s new book, 'China’s Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order' (Yale University Press, 2023) as a starting point for this conversation.

Panelists include Delicia Gonzales Zimmerman, associate professor in the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, and Isaac Kardon, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Aynne Kokas, the Miller Center's C. K. Yen Professor, moderates the conversation.

This event is co-sponsored with the UVA East Asia Center and UVA Office of Engagement.


Thursday, February 01, 2024
2:00PM - 3:00PM (EST)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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Isaac Kardon

Isaac B. Kardon is senior fellow for China studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is concurrently adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and was formerly assistant professor at the U.S. Naval War College, where he served as a research faculty member in the China Maritime Studies Institute. Kardon's research focuses on the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s maritime power, with specialization in maritime disputes and the international law of the sea. Kardon earned a BA in history from Dartmouth College, an MPhil in modern Chinese studies from Oxford University, and a PhD in government from Cornell University. He was a China and the World post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University and has held visiting appointments at NYU School of Law, Academia Sinica, and the PRC National Institute for South China Sea Studies.

Delicia Gonzales Zimmerman

Commander Delicia Gonzales Zimmerman is an associate professor in the national security law department at the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School. She earned a BA in American government and politics at the University of Texas at Austin, a JD from Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and an MA in national security policy studies at the U.S. Naval War College. She has practiced as an attorney with the U.S. Navy since 2003.

Aynne Kokas headshot

Aynne Kokas (moderator)

Aynne Kokas is the C. K. Yen Professor at the Miller Center, director of the University of Virginia's East Asia Center, and a professor of media studies at UVA. A Fulbright scholar educated at the University of Michigan, with a PhD from UCLA, Kokas is a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S. China Relations. She is the author of Hollywood Made in China, a study of the partnerships between Chinese and American producers to produce feature films for global audiences. Her latest book, Trafficking Data: How China is Winning the Battle for Digital Sovereignty, examines how weak U.S. data security benefits U.S. firms while expanding the Chinese government's digital control. Her research has been supported by the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, and Social Science Research Council.