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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.







Christian Schultheiss is a visiting scholar at the Centre for Geopolitics. His research interests include the maritime disputes in the East and South China Sea, conflict resolution, international law and security in the Indo-Pacific. He has regional in-depth experience from various academic and think tank positions in East and Southeast Asia. He published peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of the East and South China Sea disputes. He is a regular policy advisor to international organisations and states on maritime disputes in the East and South China Sea, maritime security in the Indo-Pacific and the Mediterranean Sea. He completed a PhD program at the University of Cambridge. His thesis presents an analysis of the three-decades long negotiation processes between China, Japan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan and ASEAN countries on resource-sharing and security arrangements in the East and South China Sea.


Key publications: 

‘Charting a Peaceful Course for the Eastern Mediterranean Sea Disputes’, European Leadership Network, 21 May 2021,;

‘Overcoming Violence in Maritime Conflicts with Provisional Arrangements: A Legal Tool for Conflict Resolution’, in International Law and Peace Settlements, ed. Mark Retter, Andrea Varga, and Marc Weller (Cambridge University Press, 2021), 525–44;

‘Joint Development of Hydrocarbon Resources in the South China Sea After the Philippines Versus China Arbitration?’, Ocean Development & International Law 51, no. 3 (3 August 2020): 241–62,

‘“One of the First Matters to Be Addressed but Distinct” or “Distinct but Inseparable”? The Distinction Between Maritime Entitlement and Sea Boundary Delimitation in the Philippines v. China Arbitration’, Asian Journal of International Law, 2020, 1–12,;

‘Challenges for Joint Development in the SCS’, in Sense and Sensibility Addressing the South China Sea Disputes, ed. Eva Pejsova, vol. EUISS Report Nº 28, 2016, 35–44,