Notice of Postponement – EuroAsia Vision 2020

Notice of Postponement - VI International Scientific Congress: EuroAsia Vision 2020 The VI International Scientific Congress, originally scheduled on June 4-6, 2020, is postponed to a later date to be announced, in line with the efforts of the government, the University and the community, to protect everyone’s health and safety from the spread of COVID-19.

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Demise of Fundamental Freedoms

On Public Apathy, Weaponization of the Law, and the Demise of Fundamental Freedoms An Opinion piece in the Rappler on 7 May, rings alarm-bells concerning the new “norms” evolving in governance. Commenting on the shut-down of ABS-CBN, Professor John Molo who teaches Constitutional Law at UP, takes us through the process that enabled such a move – from the acquiescence to a fatal government measure, to the normalization of impunity, down to the express undermining of fundamental freedoms. The Opinion traces the many extra-Constitutional acts of Government that have honed…

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On Freedom of the Press and the Rule of Law

A free press is indispensable to the rule of law. When the truth cannot come out because the press is cowed, captured, or co-opted, the rule of law is undermined. When it is not possible to hold government accountable because the press is not free to report, the rule of law is degraded. We, concerned faculty members of the University of the Philippines College of Law, express our support for the immediate consideration and passage of the pending bills filed in Congress for the grant of a legislative franchise for…

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Building a Resilient Judicial System

Authors: Jay L. Batongbacal, JJ Disini, Michelle Esquivias, Dante Gatmaytan, Oliver Xavier A. Reyes, and Theodore Te (20 minutes reading time, 6,487 words) In this paper, professors of the UP College of Law recommend an implementation framework for temporary alternative court procedures to facilitate the prompt resumption of court proceedings despite the health risks posed by the COVID-19 emergency. This is in recognition of the effects of the pandemic to the judicial system, including its consequences on the efficient operation of the courts to its general impact on the rule of…

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#UPLawHelps Volunteers Passed the Bar Exams

Our #UPLawHelps volunteers from UP Law Class of 2019 passed the 2019 bar examination (results announced on 29 April 2020). Congratulations, attorneys!   1. Sarah S. Atienza 2. Eliza Pauline R. Batac 3. Eljay M. Bernardo 4. Marx Erson R. Bulosan 5. Kimberly D. Dela Cruz 6. Michelle Anne P. Esquivias 7. Katrina Mae C. Santos 8. Christine Faith M. Tango 9. Aivan Charles A. Torres   _ Read the Dean's message for all UP Law bar passers here: Message of the UP Law Dean on the Release of the Bar Results…

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Message of the UP Law Dean on the Release of the Bar Results

Masalimuot ang panahon nang dahil sa isang salot na bumabagabag sa lipunan. Nguni’t hindi tayo hihingi ng paumanhin sa ating galak na nadarama. May karagdagang isang daan at apatnapu’t isang abogado mula sa UP College of Law ang ngayo’y nakahanda nang ipagpatuloy ang tradisyon ng paglilingkod at pagtataguyod sa pantay-pantay na pagpapairal ng batas.

To our bar passers, remember the rule of law. Alalahaning ikaw’y naiiba sapagkat ikaw’y iskolar ng bayan at may pananagutan sa bayang tumustos ng iyong pag-aaral.

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