December 15, 2015

ihrThe University of the Philippines College of Law hosted the 6th Law Deans Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) a week before the APEC Summit from November 11 to 14, 2015 in Edsa Shangri-La Manila, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

With the theme The Role of Law in Peace and Security in the Asia Pacific, the Law Deans Meeting was participated in by law deans, law professors as well as university administrators from the member universities in the Asia Pacific Region. The last meeting was held in the University of California in Davis, California, USA.

UP College of Law Dean Danilo L. Concepcion formally opened the Law Deans Meeting. In behalf of the host university, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual gave a message that underscored the need for cooperation in the areas of teachinq, researchand outreach in the field of law among the member universities of APRU, to ensure quality legal education in the Asia Pacific Region.

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon gave the keynote address. He noted that the times are indeed extraordinary where there are numerous challenges to global peace and security due to unbridled greed for wealth and power. The Senate President sounded the clarion call for human solidarity as he pointed out that we are waging a different war against agile, stateless and resource-rich enemies dealing with all sorts of transnational crimes such as illegal drugs, arms smuggling, money laundering, human trafficking, and terrorism. The keynote speaker alerted the law deans to the fact that extremists have entered our boarders and are actively recruiting for their cause. He denounced the mass murders in the name of religion. Due to criminal organizations without border and ethnically-based criminal groups, the Senate President warned that we are today highly vulnerable to criminal networks. Thus, according to him, Statesmust work together.

The 6th APRU Law Deans Meeting discussed such topics as "Addressing Radicalization Through Education: What is the Role of the Legal Academy," "A Note on Radicalization and the Law Academy" presented by former UP Law Deans Pacifico A. Agabin and Merlin M. Magallona, respectively, and "Transnational Crimes and Cross Border Enforcement" presented by Dr. Jay L. Batongbacal, Prof. Jose Jesus M. Disini, Jr. of UP College of Law and Prof. Mari Nagata of Osaka University.

The participants were treated to a city/cultural tour and welcome/farewell dinner as well as cultural shows by the host university.