Assistant Professor


(+632) 8 920 5514 loc 102


University of the Philippines, Bachelor in Secondary Education (1992)
University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Laws (1998)
University College London, University of London, Master of Laws (Public International Law), with Merit (2006), British Chevening Scholar


Andre Palacios, also known as Raj, specializes in international law, ASEAN law, and infrastructure law on public–private partnerships (PPPs).

As an academic at the University of the Philippines (UP), he pioneered legal scholarship on how Philippine judges and lawyers may apply international law and invoke foreign legal rights in Philippine cases. His novel teaching methods use “deep learning” through student case-studies and presentations in the Junior Scholars Symposium on International Law which he convenes every semester. He is also the Executive Director of the UP Master of Laws (LL.M.) program and the Faculty Coordinator of the UP College of Law extension classes in UP Visayas.

As an international law specialist, he is a professorial lecturer in international law at the Philippine Judicial Academy. He chairs the International Law Committee of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and co-chairs the International Law Committee of the Philippine Bar Association. He was a senior lawyer at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., assistant to the Philippine Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, and member of the legal team of the Republic of the Philippines in its WTO dispute involving excise taxes on distilled spirits.

As an ASEAN law specialist, he is the ASEAN Law Program Director of the UP Law Center, and concurrently, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Law Institute of the ASEAN Law Association.

As an infrastructure law specialist, he was the Undersecretary (Executive Director) heading the Philippine Government’s Public-Private Partnership Center. Previously, he was an Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Presidential Legal Counsel and later the general counsel and chief integrity officer of the Philippine Government’s Millennium Challenge Account-Philippines which implemented a US$434-million foreign-funded infrastructure and development program. He serves as legal expert for infrastructure projects funded by the Asian Development Bank and continues to advise Philippine Government agencies and private entities on infrastructure and PPP projects. He is a partner at LGTON LAW.


  • Origins and Outcomes: The Philippine Competition Act of 2015, 93 Philippine Law Journal 344 (2020)
  • Competition Policy and Inclusion in the Philippines (monograph co-authored with Raul Fabella and Senen Bacani), University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (2020)


Juris Doctor Courses

  • Public International Law
  • Private International Law
  • Supervised Legal Research (on topics in Public International Law, Private International Law, and ASEAN Law)

LL.M. Courses

  • ASEAN Law
  • Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) module in Government Contracts, Procurement and Public Policy
  • Infrastructure contracts module in Contract Drafting for Cross-Border Business Transactions