IILS Publications

The IILS publishes books and pamphlets on different issues in international law.  Our Recent publications include the following:


  • Perspectives on Terrorism in the Philippine Context

This book is the culmination of a project by the Institute of International Legal Studies (IILS) that delves into the various, multifaceted aspects of terrorism in the Philippines and how we as a country have tried to address it.  The project participants come from various fields that intersect with national security and this published work is intended to reflect their perspectives.

The articles included in this collection discuss key issues, controversies, and existing measures in the fight against terrorism.  While each article can stand alone, reading them together presents a more balanced and multi-perspective view on the matter.

The experts consulted for this project were divided into four sectors: National Security, International Cooperation and Diplomacy, Macro and Micro Economics, and Local Government.


  • International Commercial Arbitration for the Philippine Legal Profession, Volume I: Jurisdiction and Arbitrability edited by Dr. Diane A. Desierto

This is the first volume in a four-volume monograph series on international commercial arbitration designed for Philippine lawyers.  The release of this volume is timely, following the recent issuance by the Supreme Court of the Rules of Court on Arbitration and the organization of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution whose efforts will contribute to promoting the country, its ADR providers and arbitration institutions as a preferred venue for international arbitration proceedings.  For students and practitioners, this will be an excellent reference and introduction, even as international commercial arbitration continues to evolve.


  • The Philippine Treaty Limits: Historical Context and Legal Basis in International Law by Dr. Lowell B. Bautista

The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of States with respect to the use and management of the world’s oceans.  The Philippines and China are parties to this Convention and it is based on this Convention that the Philippines is contesting China’s policy on the West Philippine sea through the dispute settlement mechanisms provided by the Convention; standing firm on the principle that the rule of law must prevail.

Dr. Bautista provides the reader with a carefully researched work on the very foundations of the Philippines’ policy over the West Philippine Sea.  It is an objective work that not only gives the reader a historical background of such a policy but likewise provides Dr. Bautista’s assessment on the legal weight of these claims based on the established principles under established principles under international law.  Moreover, it objectively imparts on the reader the legal basis of China for its nine-dashed line claim in the South China Sea.


  • Cryptology: The Law and Science of Electronic Secrets and Codes

By Dr. Noel G. Ramiscal

Dr. Ramiscal’s book surveys and critiques the legal developments in the field of cryptology in the international arena.  He  scrutinizes the pertinent provisions of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies that forty one countries currently subscribe to.  The nascent connection between this Arrangement and the recently passed Arms Trade Treaty is delineated.  He examines the effect of the Arrangement’s provisions, and their implementation in three countries that are members of the Arrangement, and which are considered the leading states in the battle against terrorism:  the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom.  The book pools and highlights relevant insights drawn from the legal framework and judicial pronouncements in these jurisdictions that show how the implementation of export controls and policies on cryptological goods can affect the rights and interests of private citizens, academics, researchers and industries that rely on, or utilize cryptology in their lives and businesses.


  • ASEAN Economic Integration: Solutions to Legal Challenges for the Philippines

Edited by Prof. Harry L. Roque, Dean Ramon L. Clarete and Atty. Celeste C. Mallari

This collection is the third and culminating phase of a legal audit project of the Institute of International Legal Studies of the University of the Philippines Law Complex.  It contains papers presented at a forum, as well as the input of experts on the ASEAN.  The compilation explains the intricacies of integration and contributes to the understanding and fulfilment of the ASEAN Economic Community’s goals.


  • IILS Pamphlet Series

The IILS Pamphlet Series is published by the Institute of International Legal Studies at the Law Center of the University of the Philippines, to provide a critical and constructive forum for the analysis of new trends, issues and prospects in international relations that may help clarify present problems and perspectives.  The publications of the Series generally express a critical appraisal of the existing state of affairs, against which contemporary problems may be redefined or appear in a new light, and thus indicating new possibilities for development and progress.


  • Philippine Treaty Series

The IILS publishes the Philippine Treaty Series (PTS), a collection of international agreements of which the Philippines is a party, in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Legal Affairs and the UP Law Center, Information and Publications Division.