Professor H. Harry L. Roque, Jr. is an Associate Professor at the UP College of Law and teaches, among other subjects, Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law and Constitutional Law. He is also Professor 2 at the Philippine Judicial Academy. He is the Director of the University of the Philippines Law Center Institute of International Legal Studies. He is the Chairperson of the Center For International Law, a Non-Governmental Organization that seeks to promote the binding nature of international law to the Philippine legal system, and avail of existing international remedies to enforce and implement Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
Professor Roque is admitted to practice before the International Criminal Court, the first Asian to do so, and the UN War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda. He is also elected to the Governing Council of the Asian Society of International Law and the International Criminal Bar.
He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Asia-Pacific Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law jointly published by the Institute of International Legal Studies and the International Committee on the Red Cross. He is also in the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of International Law and the Asian Journal of Comparative Law.
In addition, he is also the lead counsel in a number of public interest cases. Among these are Vinuya v. Executive Secretary where he represented surviving victims of mass rape, commonly referred to as “comfort women,” in declaring the existing government policy of refusing to espouse their claim for reparation as tantamount to grave abuse of discretion, and in Ninez Cacho-Olivarez, et al v. Juan Miguel Arroyo, a class action suit in behalf of journalists against the First Gentleman’s indiscriminate filing of libel cases to harass journalists and to muzzle freedom of the press. He also represents 15 heirs of the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre.
He holds degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science (University of Michigan, with honors), Bachelor of Laws (University of the Philippines College of Law) and a Master of Laws (London School of Economics, with merit).