Rebecca Strating

La Trobe University

Rebecca Strating is a lecturer in politics and international relations at La Trobe University, Australia. She teaches and researches in Australian Politics and Foreign Policy, International Relations in East Asia, and maritime disputes.

Articles by Rebecca Strating


The Timor Sea Dispute: Territorializing the Sea?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Many maritime disputes are motivated by material factors like oil, gas, and fishing stocks. Weaker countries tend to insist on sovereignty claims, at the risk of stretching legal definitions, while those with access to resources are inclined to maintain the status quo. The Timor-Leste-Australia dispute shows how sovereign claims risk weakening the international sea regime.