Bar Examiner in Remedial Law, 2010 Bar Examinations
Admitted to Practice before the UN War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda: 2004
Admitted to Practice before the International Criminal Court: 2005
Master of Laws with Merit, London School of Economics, London, U.K. (1996)
Bachelor of Laws, College of Law, University of the Philippines (1990)
Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, Honors College, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, U.S.A. (1985)
Institute of International Legal Studies
Law Center, College of Law
University of the Philippines
Public International Law, Contemporary Developments in International Law, Transportation and Public Utilities, College of Law, University of the Philippines, November 2000 to present.
MCLE (Mandatory Continuing Legal Education) Lecturer on International Law, International Legal
Processes, General Law Practice, Institute of Judicial Administration, UP Law Center
ROQUE & BUTUYAN Law Offices, 1904 Antel Corporate Centre, 121 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Metro-Manila, Philippines, October, 1991 to present.
CASTILLO LAMAN TAN AND PANTALEON Law Offices, 2-5th Flrs., Valero Towers, Valero, Makati, Metro-Manila, Philippines, September 1990-September 1991.
Office of Congresswoman Lorna Verano-Yap
House of Representatives, 8th Congress of the Philippines
September 1988 – January 1990
1. H. Harry L. Roque, Jr. , The Philippines: The Weakest Link in the Fight Against Terrorism? (Off the Press, Cambridge University Press)
2. _______________. Human Rights and Public Utilities: Issues of Existence and Enforceability in PUBLIC UTILITIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS 3-12 (Villaroman, Ed., 2002).
3. _______________. Globalization of Legal Services: Challenges and Possibilities in the Philippine Setting” in 8th ASEAN LAW ASSOCIATION GENERAL ASSEMBLY WORKSHOP PAPERS 55-66 (2003).
4. ______________. Palmas Arbitration Revisited, 77 PHIL. L.J. 437-462 (2003).
5. ______________. The Changing face of Terrorism: A New Crime Against Humanity? 18 WORLD BULL. 30-46 (June-December 2001). Originally delivered at the International Law Forum, Institute of International Legal Studies, University of the Philippines Law Center.
6. _______________. Chapter VII Enforcement Measures and the Security Council: Problems under the Rule of Law, 17 WORLD BULL. 125-131 (Jan-June 2001). Originally delivered at the International Law Forum, Institute of International Legal Studies, University of the Philippines Law Center.
7. ________________.China’s Claim to the Spratly’s Islands Under International Law: A Critical Analysis. 15 J. ENV. and NAT. RES. LAW. 189-211 (1997).
1. The WTO Jurisprudence. Conference on “International Conference on Policy and Law Aspects of Asia and WTO: Challenges and Opportunities.” Sponsored by WTO Research Center, College of Law, National Taiwan University. July 7-10, 2005.
2. The Challenge of Law in Asia: from Globalization to Regionalization? The Second Asean Law Institute (ASLI) Conference, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, May 26-27, 2005.
3. The Philippines: The Weakest Link in the Fight Against Terrorism, A Symposium on Comparative Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy Organized by the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Grand Waterfront Copthorne Hotel, Singapore, June 24-26, 2004.
4. Updates and Implications of International Law on the Anti-Rape Law. A Round Table Discussion of the Issues and Developments in the Implementation of the Anti-Rape Law sponsored by Australian Aid and Women’s Legal Bureau, Inc, Bay View Park Hotel, May 5, 2004.
5. Philippine Options for Joint Submissions and Confidence Building Measures on Disputed
Maritime Areas Relevant to a Claim for an Extended Continental Shelf. The Status of Philippine Efforts
to Delineate an Extended Continental Shelf. A Round Table Discussion sponsored by the University
of the Philippines Institute of International Legal Studies, Diliman, Quezon City, Dec. 5, 2003.
6. Cross-Border Legal Services in Asean Under the WTO Asean law Association, Singapore,
November 29, 2003.
7. Philippine Maritime Jurisdictions. The First National Conference on the Philippine Archipelagic
State, Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Maritime and Ocean Affairs Center, The
Westin Philippine Plaza Mindanao Ballroom, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, 7 June
8. The WTO and the Philippines: Recent Experiences. Strengthening Economic Legal
Infrastructure Initiative Forum of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Sponsored by the
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Intercontinental Hotel, Makati, Metro-Manila, June
9. State Obligations in the Implementation of Treaties on Torture. A National Workshop on the
Role of Judges, Prosecutors and Public Defense Attorneys on the Prevention of Torture, Sponsored
by the Philippine Judicial Academy, UP Law Center Institute of Human Rights, and the Embassy of
the United Kingdom, Legenda Hotel, Subic, Zambalez, 26 July, 2002; Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City,
August 23, 2002; Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, September 27, 2002.
10. Human Rights to Power and Water: Issues of Existence and Enforceability. Round Table
Discussion on Public Utilities and Human Rights, Sponsored by the Institute of Human Rights, UP
Law Center, Bocobo Hall, October 8, 2002
11. The Legal Basis for the Philippine Claim to Sabah. Round Table Discussion on the Philippine
Claim to Sabah, Sponsored by the Institute for International Legal Studies, UP Law Center, Bocobo
Hall, UP Law Center, October 24, 2002
12. WTO Remedies for Philippine Agricultural Producers. Forum sponsored by Municipal
Government La Trinidad, Benguet, Provincial Government of Benguet, COCAFM, League of Municipal
Mayors-Benguet, January 12, 2003, La Trinidad, Benguet; Agricultural Sector Alliance of the
Philippines, Lipa City, Batangas, February 3, 2003
13. Terrorism and the Unilateral Use of Force. Symposium on Terrorism, UP College of Law, The
Malcolm Trust Fund, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and UP Law Center, Diliman, Quezon City,
January 30, 2003
SELECTED GUEST LECTURES
1. Non-International Armed Conflicts and the Status of Combatants, First South and
Southeast Asia Teaching Seminar on International Humanitarian Law, University of Malaya
and Regional Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross, Kuala Lampur,
Malaysia, September 11-14, 2005
2. Philippine Comfort Women: In Search for Effective Legal Remedies, National Seminar
on International Humanitarian Law, ICRC Regional Delegation and the UP Law Center,
Diliman, Quezon City, March 9, 2005
3. State Responsibility and the Property Rights of Aliens Under International Law,
International Law Forum, Institute of International Legal Studies, UP Law Center, Diliman,
Quezon City, February 17, 2005
4. The Teaching of International Humanitarian Law in the University of the Philippines,
The Symposium on Contemporary Issues in International Humanitarian Law and its
Teaching: Role of the Academic Community, Regional Delegation, ICRC, Kuala Lampur,
Malaysia, December 8-10 , 2004
5. The Philippine Contributions to the Creation of the International Criminal Court, The
Petitioners Meet the Parliamentarians Forum, Traders Hotel, Manila, December 2, 2004,
Philippine Committee for the International Criminal Court, Centrelaw and Friedrich Ebert
6. Application of International Environmental Law Principles to the Philippine Setting,
Training Course for Professors of International Environmental Law, Subic Bay, Zambales,
November 13, 2004, IUCN and Institute of International Legal Studies, UP Law Center
7. Civil Society Promoting Multilateral/International Law, EU-Asia Dialogue on Human
Rights and International Law, Discovery Suites, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City, October 12,
2004, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation
8. The Status of the Death Penalty Under International Law, Seminar for Philippine
Legislators, Shangrila Mactan, Cebu, October 11, 2004, Royal Dutch Embassy and the
Institute of Human Rights, UP Law Center.
9. The Most Serious Crimes Against Children as Crimes Against Humanity, Amade and
Virlanie Foundation, on the occasion of the visit of HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover and
Monaco, October 27, 2004, Shangrila Hotel, Makati, Metro-Manila.
10. The United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms, Alternative Law Groups and
Canadian Aid Agency (CIDA) , August 17 2004, Bayview Hotel, Manila.
11. Enforcement of Human Rights Obligations in the Philippines, Alternative Law Groups
and Canadian Aid Agency (CIDA) , August 16, 2004, Bayview Hotel, Manila.
12. The US Proposal to Renew Resolution 1422/1487: A Threat to International Justice.
Book Launching and Press Conference sponsored by the coalition for the International
Criminal court-Asia, Philippine Social Science Center, Diliman, Quezon City, 18 June 2004.
13. he Relationship Between Refugee Law, International Humanitarian Law, and
Human Rights Law. Special Course on the Teaching of Refugee Law sponsored by the
United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees and UP Law Center, Cebu City, June2,
14. The Philippine Experience in Efforts to Ratify the Rome Statute. The National
Conference on Thailand and the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ambassador Hotel,
Bangkok, Thailand, December 30, 2003.
15. Session I. The History of the Search for International Justice: From Nuremberg and
Tokyo, to Rwanda and Yugoslavia, Making the Case for an International Criminal Court.
Workshop on the International Criminal Court; Session II. Background to the Creation of
the ICC Structure, Composition, Legal Principles and Jurisdiction of the ICC; Session III
Crimes Covered by the ICC under the Rome Statute. Sponsored by ERA Consumer Malaysia
and Forum Asia, Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, December 6-8, 2003.
16. Philippine Obligations under Customary and Treaty Law on Refugee and Asylum-
Seekers in the New International Law Order. National Forum on Refugee Issues, sponsored
by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the University of the
Philippines Institute of Human Rights, Westin Philippine Plaza , Manila, Dec. 5, 2003 and
June 2, 2004, Cebu City.
17. Application of International Environmental Law Principles to the Philippine Setting.
Judges Forum on Environmental Protection in Philippine Environmental Law, Practice, and
the Role of Courts, a joint project of the Philippine Judicial Academy and Asian Development
Bank, August 14, 2003, Tagaytay City
18. Domestic Remedies for the Ratification of the Rome Statute. Philippine Issues on
the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Round Table Discussion on the
International Criminal Court sponsored by the Institute for International Legal Studies, UP
Law Center, Bocobo Hall, UP Law Center, July 1, 2003
19. The Status of the Death Penalty In International Law. Forum sponsored by
Philippine Human Rights Information Center (Philrights), April 24, 2003, Diliman, Quezon City.
20. International Law: Prospects for Practicing Lawyers, a case study on the The
International Criminal Court- A nationwide series of lectures sponsored by the Institute of
Judicial Administration, UP Law Center, Batangas City, July 31, 2002; Olongapo City,
Zambales, August 29, 2002; National Prosecutors League of the Philippines: Cebu Plaza
Hotel, Cebu City, September 18, 2002; Butuan City, October 29, 2002; Manila Midtown
Hotel, November 19, 2002; DBP Lawyers: Holiday Inn Clark, Pampanga, December 7, 2002
Tagbilaran, Bohol, February 5, 2003; La Maja Rica Hotel, Tarlac, Tarlac, April 3, 2003;
General Santos City, May 14, 2003; Dumaguete City, May 23, 2003;,; UP Law Center: March
21, 2003, May 10, 2003, May 17, 2003, June 26, 2003, June 27, 2003, August 15, 2003,
September 19, 2003, October 25, 2003, November 7, 2003, January 17, 2004, January 24,
2004, January 28, 2004, March 3, 2004, May 26, 2004, August 23, 2004; Land Registration
Authority, July 25-26, 2003, March 13, 2004; June 10, 2004, July 30, 2004; Central Bank of
the Philippines, July 31, 2004 and April 26, 2003; Sycip Law Offices, August 2, 2003;
Philippine Bar Association, August 15, 2003, Cabanatuan City, August 19, 2003; Bureau of
Customs, August 23, 2003; Cotabato City, August 26, 2003; Cagayan De Oro City, August
30, 2003; Lucena City, September 12, 2003; Imus, Cavite, September 25, 2003; Ayala Land
Inc., Makati, September 26, 2003; Wynsum Corp, Ortigas, Pasig, October 3, 2003; Cebu
City: October 8, 2003, November 27, 2003, September 2, 2004; De Borja Law Offices,
October 24, 2003; Adamson University, October 24, 2003; General Santos City, November
12, 2003;Malolos, Bulacan, November 15, 2003; Del Rosario Law Offices, November 22,
2003; Iloilo City, November 25, 2003; Philippine Security Consultancy Group, November 27,
2003; Kidapawan City, December 3, 2003; Quezon City Government, February 20, 2004;
Baguio City, March 9, 2004; Tacloban City, August 25, 2004; Zamboanga City, August 1,
2004; November 25, 2005, November 27, 2004, IBP Greater Manila Region, May 16, 2004;
Arellano University, June 4, 2004; IBP National office, June 9, 2004; Legis Forum, September
4, 2004, November 20, 2004; IBP Rizal Chapter, October 8, 2004; IBP Bicolandia, Legaspi
City, November 4, 2004;
21. Law and Economics. A Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Prescribed Lecture
sponsored by the Institute of Judicial Administration, UP Law Center: De Borja Law Offices,
October 24, 2004; UP Law Center, November 6, 2004; Chan Robles, June 5, 2004, August
14, 2004, November 20, 2004; FILNETWORK, June 12, 2004.
22. The Rules on Electronic Evidence. A Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
Prescribed Lecture sponsored by the Institute of Judicial Administration, UP Law Center:
November 19, 2002; Adamson University, October 25, 2003; IBP National Office, June 5,
23. International Criminal Liability and Universal Jurisdiction as Means of Enforcement of
International Humanitarian Law. Training Course on International Humanitarian Law for
University Professors, sponsored by the ICRC and UP Law Center, May 28, 2003 and
October 25, 2004 Davao City; October 20, 2004, Cebu City.
24. International Criminal Law. Training Program for Policy Makers of the Kingdom of
Nepal, Sponsored by the UNDP and UP Law Center, June 3, 2003, November 18, 2003,
Diliman, Quezon City
OTHER ACADEMIC/ PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS
1. Faculty Coach, U.P. College of Law Team to the 2004 Jean Pictet IHL Competition
(Winner, English Session) Mejanne le Clapp, France, April, 2004.
2. Faculty Coach, U.P. College of Law Team to 3rd Hong Kong IHL Moot Court
Competition (Champion Team, Runner-Up Team, Best Speaker, Runner-Up Best Speaker),
Hong Kong, March 11-12 2005.
3. Faculty Coach, U.P. College of Law Team to the 2nd and 3rd Hong Kong IHL Moot
Court Competition, Hong Kong, February, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
4. Reactor, “Our Quality of Life: The Peoples View”, Kilosbayan and University of the
Philippines College of Law , Diliman, Quezon City, January 14, 2005.
5. Moderator, First Asian Victims Seminar on the International Criminal Court (ICC) with
Judge Erkki Kourula, Diliman, Quezon City, February 26, 2004.
6. Reactor, Public Lecture on Justice, Human Rights and Executive Relations. Sponsored
by U. P. College of Law in partnership with Center for Leadership, Citizenship and
Democracy (CLCD) of the U. P. National College of Public Administration and Governance (U.
P. NCPAG), February 20, 2004, Malcolm Theater, U. P. College of Law, University of the
Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
7. Working Group Rapporteur. Regional Asian and Pacific Expert Seminar on “Improving
Compliance with International Humanitarian law.” Sponsored y the ICRC, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia, June 9-10, 2003.
8. Moderator, The Proposed Draft Bill for a “Philippine Statute on Crimes Against
International Humanitarian Law.” Forum sponsored by the Philippine Delegation,
International Committee of the Red Cross, February 21, 2003, New World Hotel, Makati,
9. Faculty Coach, U.P. College of Law Team to the Jessup Moot Court Competition,
February 19, 2005, Manila
SIGNIFICANT CASES REPRESENTED BEFORE
THE PHILIPPINE SUPREME COURT
1. Francisco vs. De Venecia, G. R. No 160261 Petition for Certiorari and Injunction
granted by the court enjoining the House of Representative from proceeding with the
Impeachment Proceedings against. Chief Justice Hilario Davide III.
2. People vs. Espinosa, G. R. No.153714-20 The Court sustained the acquittal of Vice-
Governor Mario K. Espinosa for violation of the Anti-graft law on the ground that an alleged
waiver of the constitutionally guaranteed right against double jeopardy must be clear and
unequivocal, thus putting a halt to the practice of the Sandiganbayan in requiring
“conditional pleas” from the Accused .
3. Pimentel vs. Office of the Excecutive Secretary, G. R. No. 158088, pending Petition for
Certiorari arguing that the Executive has a ministerial duty to transmit the signed Rome
Statute Creating the International Court to the Senate of the Philippines for the latter’s
4. Isabelita Vinuya, et al., vs. The Honorable Executive Secretary G. R. No. 162230,
pending Petition for Certiorari to compel the Executive to sponsor the claims of Filipina
sexual slaves during World War II for compensation before an International Tribunal.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS:
1. Chairman, Onesimo Foundation, Inc., an NGO that provides support and
rehabilitation to urban poor youth (http://www.onesimo.ch)
2. Coordinator, Asian Humanitarian Law Forum
3. Treasurer, Philippine Society of International Humanitarian Law
4. Member, International Humanitarian Law Committee, Philippine National Red Cross
5. Member, Inter-Agency Technical Committee on the UNESCO Draft Convention on
6. Underwater Cultural Artifacts, Department of Foreign Affairs (Representing the UP
Law Center), 2001
7. Counsel, Philippine Panel, Philippine-Indonesia Bilateral Consultations on Maritime
and Ocean Issues, Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila
8. Member, Continental Shelf Project, UP ILS, UP Law Center
9. Member, British Alumni Association, Philippine Chapter
10. Member, Inter-Agency Committee on Territorial Disputes with Malaysia, Department
of Foreign Affairs, Manila (Representing the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of
Representatives, 8th Congress of the Philippines)
More than seventy (70) television and radio appearances on issues of International and