Retired SC Justices & UP Law Faculty Petition Against the Anti-Terrorism Law

Retired Supreme Court Justices Join UP Law Faculty Members in Filing Petition Opposing the Anti-Terrorism Law Retired Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio-Morales will once again appear before the Supreme Court this time, as petitioners assailing the highly controversial Anti-Terrorism Law (ATL). Joining them as co-petitioners are UP Law Senior Lecturers Victoria Loanzon, Anthony Charlemagne Yu, Theodore Te (former SC Public Information Officer), Professor Dante Gatmaytan (Director of IAJ), and Assistant Dean, Dr. Jay Batongbacal (Executive Associate Dean and Director of IMLOS),  along with UP Law student Francisco Ashley Acedillo, and University Student Councillor, Tierone James Santos—all…

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Search and Forced Transfer of Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients

STATEMENT OF THE U.P. INSTITUTE OF HUMAN RIGHTS RE: HOUSE-TO-HOUSE SEARCH AND FORCED TRANSFER TO ISOLATION FACILITIES OF ASYMPTOMATIC COVID-19 PATIENTS Secretary Eduardo Año has announced a policy to allow the house to house search of COVID19 patients and the taking of said persons to isolation facilities. This will not only literally unlock the door to warrantless searches of our homes, but also open the proverbial floodgates to other human rights violations. Sec. 2, Article III of the Constitution protects the right of the people to be secure in their…

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Justice Leonen: ‘The rule of law is always the rule of just law, it is no code for servility’

Justice Leonen: ‘The rule of law is always the rule of just law, it is no code for servility’ For the first time in history, the Supreme Court held the oath-taking ceremony of bar passers over the internet, through videoconferencing. Justice Marvic Leonen, chairperson of the 2020 bar exams, gave an inspirational speech on what it means to be a lawyer. It was a speech that embodied the spirit of UP Law, the institution he graduated from and where he served as Dean from 2008 to 2011. Aside from announcing…

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A Second Look at The Anti-Terrorism Bill

A Second Look at The Anti-Terrorism Bill Professor Theodore Te was the Guest Speaker in a webinar held recently by the Makati Chapter of the IBP on the Anti-Terrorism Bill pending in Malacañang.  He presented a critical overview of the bill that has the legal community concerned about the unconstitutionality of certain of its provisions. The present law that governs the subject matter of ATB is the Human Security Act of 2007. Professor Te who teaches Criminal Law at UP, discussed some of the provisions of this law that have…

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Philippine Law Review Call for Papers

Philippine Law Review Call for Papers The Philippine Law Review is the country’s first online peer-reviewed law journal for law faculty and legal professionals. It will provide a platform for scholarship in advanced legal topics and will be led by an editorial staff of professors from leading law schools across the country. Our special inaugural issue will cover perspectives on the life, practice, and worldview of the law in this unprecedented period of a global pandemic. Authors may submit full articles or short reflections on legal issues arising from COVID-19,…

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LGBTQI+ Pride Month Free Online Lecture

The University of the Philippines College of Law hosted a free online lecture titled “Finding Fault: Marriage Equality, Judicial Deference, and Falcis”   The University of the Philippines College of Law hosted a free online lecture titled “Finding Fault: Marriage Equality, Judicial Deference, and Falcis” conducted by Professor Dante Gatmaytan on Thursday, 18 June 2020,  as part of the Estelito P. Mendoza Professorial Chair in Law. Professor Gatmaytan’s paper, proposed a framework for Courts in addressing questions of constitutionality—particularly when there is an assertion of discrimination under the due process…

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