INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL
LEGAL STUDIES (IILS)

EVENTS & UPDATES

The University of the Philippines Law Center, through its Institute for International Legal Studies (UP-IILS), invites law schools from all over Southeast Asia to participate in the Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (“SEARR”) of the 25th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (“Stetson”). The SEARR will be held online from January 24 to 28, 2022.

The Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, which focuses on important global environmental challenges, is the most prestigious international environmental law moot court competition in the world. Since 1996, law students from universities all over the globe have participated in the Stetson Moot Court Competition, considering it an invaluable opportunity to meet and compete with representatives from universities around the world. For more information on Stetson, please refer to their website at https://www.stetson.edu/law/international/iemcc/.

In order to qualify for the Stetson International Finals, participants must compete in their respective regional competitions. Southeast Asian countries, in particular, are required to participate in the Southeast Asian Regional Round (SEARR) of the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition before advancing to the International Finals.

 

How is international humanitarian law (IHL), also known as the law of armed conflict, relevant in the Asia-Pacific? How has this region contributed to the development of IHL?

Can we identify a regional perspective on this body of rules?

Join us to discuss these questions as part of the global launch of the inaugural edition of the Asia-Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law (APJIHL).

The APJIHL is a joint publication of the Institute of International Legal Studies-University of the Philippines Law Center (UP-IILS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Journal has a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region, and collates peer-reviewed scholarly articles, book reviews, and commentary on significant developments in international humanitarian law and related fields.

Our three distinguished panellists will offer candid reflections and insights drawing on their experience working in the field of international humanitarian law in the Asia-Pacific. The moderated panel discussion will be followed by a live audience Q&A.

When: 10 November 2020 (3:00 pm Manila time, 9:00 am Geneva time)

Registration Link: https://bit.ly/APJIHLLaunch (Zoom Webinar)

APJIHL Website: http://apjihl.org/index.php/apjihl/announcement

OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS

Currently, the Institute is undertaking research and extension activities in the fields of International Trade and Economic Law, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), International Comparative Law, Territorial Studies, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Private and Transactional International Law and International Environmental Law.  The IILS also receives requests for opinions and other forms of legal assistance from Congress, the Supreme Court, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, among others.  To this end, IILS maintains institutional linkages with both national and international organizations involved in international law issues.

Below are some of our ongoing programs. Click to view their specific updates or relevant information.

For program inquiries, please contact our staff during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm).
You may also download the our brochure here for more information on the UP Law Center.

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ABOUT THE INSTITUTE

The Institute of International Legal Studies (IILS) is one of the five (5) institutes constituting the UP Law Center through which the research and extension functions of the UP College of Law are carried out.  Following the reorganization of the UP Law Center by the UP Board of Regents in May 1989, the IILS took over the functions of the International Studies Institute of the Philippines (ISIP) and the Academy of ASEAN Law and Jurisprudence (AALJ) and was formally organized in November of the same year.  The IILS was established to undertake research and extension functions in international law, comparative law, international relations, and foreign policy, specifically in areas that affect the Philippine interests in the global arena.  To fulfill its mandate, the IILS identifies the major issues affecting Philippine foreign policy and foreign relations as well as organizes and supports research and extension activities in these areas towards building capacity and expertise.  IILS is also a base for sustained opportunities for Filipino scholars to contribute solutions to regional and global problems affecting the Philippines.

Currently, the IILS is undertaking research and extension activities in the fields of International Trade and Economic Law, ASEAN, International Comparative Law, Territorial Studies, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Private and Transactional International Law and International Environmental Law.  It also receives requests for opinions and other forms of legal assistance from Congress, the Supreme Court, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, among others.  To this end, IILS maintains institutional linkages with both national and international organizations involved in international law issues.

WHAT WE DO

With a strong focus on areas that affect Philippine interests in the global and regional arena, the Institute of International Legal Studies (IILS) was established to undertake research and extension functions in international law, comparative law, and international relations.

This mandate drives its main programs covering research and academic activities aimed at building capacity and deepening expertise in areas or on issues affecting Philippine foreign policy and foreign relations. IILS programs also provide sustained opportunities for Filipino scholars to be exposed and to contribute solutions to the regional and global landscape.

The institute primarily leads the publication of the following materials:

  1. Books and primers on various issues in international law
  2. IILS Pamphlet Series – This provides an analysis of new trends, issues, and prospects in international relations that clarifies present/future implications and perspectives. Generally, it expresses a critical appraisal of the current state of affairs and contemporary problems that steer towards new possibilities for development and progress.
  3. Philippine Treaty Series (PTS) – It is a collection of international agreements of which the Philippines is a party of. IILS coordinates with the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Legal Affairs and the UP Law Center, Information and Publications Division for its production.

For more information on our current programs and various activities, download our brochure here.

WHO WE ARE

Rommel J. CASIS
Associate Professor
IILS Director

Professor Casis received his LL.M. (2010) from Columbia University, specializing in International Law, Climate Change Law and Environmental Law. He earned the distinction of being a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (magna cum laude equivalent).

He has been teaching at UP Law since 2005 and became a full-time faculty member since 2008. He is the Director of the Institute of International Legal Studies of the University of the Philippines Law Center.  He is an editor of the Philippine Yearbook of International Law, the annual publication of the Philippine Society of International Law where he also serves as Executive Director.  He is the Managing Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of International Humanitarian Law. Aside from many published journal articles, Prof. Casis has written law treatises on the Law on Torts and Quasi-Delicts, the Law on Damages, Agency Law and Partnership Law. His most recent book is a treatise on Contract Law published by Lexis Nexis. He is the faculty adviser for UP Law’s moot court teams (Jessup, Stetson, IHL, and Asia Cup).

MEMBERS OF STAFF

Atty. Celeste R.L. Cembrano-Mallari (Law Education Specialist)

Atty. Cecilia Therese T. Guiao (Senior Associate)

Atty. Paula Deveraturda (Program Director)

Ms. Milagros R. Baetiong (University Researcher)

Ms. Virgilet S. Encarnacion (University Researcher)

Ms. Jena Veronica F. Fernandez (University Research Associate)

Mr. Jose Ma. Ramon D. Arnaldo (Research Assistant)

Ms. Marilyn Cellona (Administrative Officer)   

Mr. Mario A. Dela Cruz (Administrative Staff)   

Mr. Kim Siegfrid Y. Avendaño (Administrative Staff)   

Ms. Jenelyn A. Simon (Administrative Staff)   

UP Law Moot Court and Debate Team
STETSON SEARR

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