1st Southeast Asian Biodiversity and Climate Change Forum

The 1st Southeast Asian Biodiversity and Climate Change Policy Forum will examine the role of policy and cooperative action, particularly at the regional level, at this critical juncture for the planet. Discussions will focus on vulnerable terrestrial and marine ecosystems which provide valuable ecosystems services but usually receive less attention, investments and resources, such as wetlands, mangrove forests and seagrass areas.

This is especially timely, as 2020 has been recognized as a “super year for nature,” with several multilateral environmental agreements and targets undergoing review or coming into effect. It will bring together practitioners, stakeholders and students from the fields of physical and natural science, law and international relations to re-examine current areas of work, and chart trajectories for the future.


Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (“SEARR”) of the 24th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (“Stetson”)

Once again, the University of the Philippines Law Center through its Institute for International Legal Studies (UP-IILS), invites law schools from all over Southeast Asia to participate in the Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (“SEARR”) of the 24th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (“Stetson”). The SEARR will be held at the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines on January 7-9, 2020.

The International Finals of the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, which focuses on important global environmental challenges, is the most prestigious international environmental law moot court competition in the world. Since 1996, law students from universities all over the globe have participated in the Stetson Moot Court Competition, considering it an invaluable opportunity to meet and compete with representatives from universities around the world. For more information on Stetson, please refer to their website at https://www.stetson.edu/law/international/iemcc/.

In order to qualify for the Stetson International Finals, participants must compete in their respective regional competitions. Southeast Asian countries, in particular, are required to participate in the Southeast Asian Regional Round (SEARR) of the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition before advancing to the International Finals.


The deadline for registration is on November 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m. (Manila time).

Registration information must be entered in this online form: https://forms.gle/Gb7qxTesHtuxnrWH7. Photos of team members must be sent via email (stetsonsearr@gmail.com).

A confirmation email will be sent to the teams upon filling out of the online Registration Form and receipt of the e-mail with the necessary attachments. 

A registration fee of USD 120.00 (for non-Philippine teams) or PHP 6,000.00 (for Philippine teams) is required to participate in the 2019 Stetson Southeast Asian Regional Rounds (SEARR). Please refer to the following payment transmittal details:

Bank: Landbank of the Philippines

Branch: UP Extension Office

Account Name: UPD Trust Fund

Account Number: 3072-1007-18


Address: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1101

Purpose: 2019 Stetson SEARR

All additional/related charges must be shouldered by the registering team, such that the amount received is at least USD 120.00/PHP 6,000.00. The transfer must indicate the name of the sending university (i.e. “University of the Philippines”).

The deadline for payment is November 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m. (Manila time).

Kindly send proof of payment (scan or photo of receipt) to stetsonsearr@gmail.com. Further inquiries may be sent to the same e-mail address. 


Memorials must be sent in via email (stetsonsearr@gmail.com) by November 15, 2019, 5:00 p.m. (Manila time).


The Philippines hosts AsianSIL’s 7th Biennial Conference, international law experts convene in Manila

The 7th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will be held in Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City, Philippines from 22 August to 23 August 2019. The Conference is hosted by the Asian Society of International Law and co-sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, the Philippine Society of International Law, the University of the Philippines College of Law and the UP Law Center.

This year’s conference theme is “Rethinking International Law: Finding Common Solutions to Contemporary Civilizational Issues from an Asian Perspective.”

The two-day global conference will include an opening session, over 40 plenary and parallel sessions addressing a wide range of topics in international law, and a closing session. A Junior Scholars’ Conference will also be held at the University of the Philippines College of Law on the eve of the biennial gathering on 21 August 2019.

An estimate of over 400 delegates from Asia and all over the world – including judges of various international law tribunals, international law academics and researchers, lawyers, and graduate students – are expected to attend the Society’s 7th Biennial Conference.

His Excellency Judge Yuji Iwasawa of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a notable academic and chair of the UN Human Rights Committee prior to his stint at the ICJ, will deliver the keynote speech.

The Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) is an international forum for scholars and practitioners of international law. It promotes research, education and practice of international law by serving as a centre of activities in Asia and elsewhere. It fosters and encourages Asian perspectives of international law and promotes awareness of and respect for international law in Asia.

AsianSIL is comprised of regional chapters and national societies from all over Asia, which includes the Philippine Society of International Law (PSIL). The current AsianSIL President is former Secretary Harry L. Roque, while the Philippine Society is headed by University of the Philippines (UP) Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan.

For more information about the conference, please visit the official website of the 7th AsianSIL Biennial Conference at http://asiansilconf2019.com/.

Philippine Society of International Law