Publications and Resources

The IILS publishes books and pamphlets on different issues in international law.  Recent publications include –

  • International Commercial Arbitration for the Philippine Legal Profession, Volume I: Jurisdiction and Arbitrability edited by Dr. Diane A. Desierto


This is the first volume in a four-volume monograph series on international commercial arbitration designed for Philippine lawyers.  The release of this volume is timely, following the recent issuance by the Supreme Court of the Rules of Court on Arbitration and the organization of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution whose efforts will contribute to promoting the country, its ADR providers and arbitration institutions as a preferred venue for international arbitration proceedings.  For students and practitioners, this will be an excellent reference and introduction, even as international commercial arbitration continues to evolve.

  • The Philippine Treaty Limits: Historical Context and Legal Basis in International Law by Dr. Lowell B. Bautista


The Philippines, on the basis of historic right of title, claims that its territorial sea extends to the limits set forth in the colonial treaties, which define the extent of the archipelago at the time it was ceded from Spain to the U.S. in 1898.

The line drawn around the archipelago marks the outer limits of the historic territorial seas of the Philippines, which will be referred to here as the Philippine Treaty Limits.

The Philippine Treaty Limits are contested in international law because they evidently breach the twelve-mile breadth of the territorial sea provided for in the Law of the Sea Convention,
which the Philippines signed and ratified.

The Philippine Treaty Limits are almost universally contested and seemingly irreconcilable with conventional and customary international law. This paper will clarify the historical context, extent, and basis of the Philippine Treaty Limits.

The international legal status of the Philippine Treaty Limits, which is a far more complex issue, will not be covered in this paper.

  • Cryptology: The Law and Science of Electronic Secrets and Codes

    By Dr. Noel G. Ramiscal


Dr. Ramiscal’s book surveys and critiques the legal developments in the field of cryptology in the international arena.  He  scrutinizes the pertinent provisions of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies that forty one countries currently subscribe to.  The nascent connection between this Arrangement and the recently passed Arms Trade Treaty is delineated.  He examines the effect of the Arrangement’s provisions, and their implementation in three countries that are members of the Arrangement, and which are considered the leading states in the battle against terrorism:  the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom.  The book pools and highlights relevant insights drawn from the legal framework and judicial pronouncements in these jurisdictions that show how the implementation of export controls and policies on cryptological goods can affect the rights and interests of private citizens, academics, researchers and industries that rely on, or utilize cryptology in their lives and businesses.

  • ASEAN Economic Integration: Solutions to Legal Challenges for the Philippines 



This volume is the third and culminating phase of a legal audit project of the Institute of International Legal Studies of the UP Law Complex.

It contains the papers presented at the forum on “ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015: Solutions to Legal Challenges” conducted in 2014 to further promote awareness and understanding in the implementation of the ASEAN economic integration.

The book expands upon the issues tackled in the forum featuring the event’s presenters, as well as articles by other experts to address questions and concerns from the legal and economic perspective that would complement the papers presented in the forum.

  • IILS Pamphlet Series

The IILS Pamphlet Series is published by the Institute of International Legal Studies at the Law Center of the University of the Philippines, to provide a critical and constructive forum for the analysis of new trends, issues and prospects in international relations that may help clarify present problems and perspectives.  The publications of the Series generally express a critical appraisal of the existing state of affairs, against which contemporary problems may be redefined or appear in a new light, and thus indicating new possibilities for development and progress.



The APYIHL is an annual publication of the Institute of International Legal Studies of the University of the Philippines Law Center, published in cooperation with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2005.  It receives no funding and relies exclusively on subscriptions and sponsor contributions.

The APYIHL primarily seeks to provide a venue for scholarly studies and research in the field of IHL, as well as be the primary source of up-to-date information/reference materials and cutting-edge views on IHL as experienced, taught, and developed in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Philippine Treaty Series


The IILS publishes the Philippine Treaty Series (PTS), a collection of international agreements of which the Philippines is a party, in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of Legal Affairs and the UP Law Center, Information and Publications Division. 

  • Experts Dialogue on Philippine Climate Change Policy: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures


Among the environmental issues that have drawn considerable attention from the international community, climate change stands out as one that encourages a strong sense of urgency and provides an impetus for cooperation among diverse groups and nations.

This publication grew out of an “Experts’ Dialogue on Philippine Climate Change Policy,” which is part of the UP Institute of International Legal Studies’ response to this crucial issue. The Dialogue was held at the University of the Philippines College of Law on July 31, 2008, featured presentations by experts and scholars in the fields of environmental law, international law and environmental policy. It was attended by over 70 individuals from various sectors, including the government, academe, private business and civil society.