National Conference 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR ITS FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE                                               7 September 2018

Venue: University of the Philippines College of Law

THEME: The Philippines and the Dynamics of International Law in a Time of Transition

International law is now in a period of unprecedented flux. As it intersects with domestic law and/or is practiced in the Philippines, the discipline faces a host of challenges from many directions. Transformations and transitions from contradictory directions in constitutional and political orders often enough influence or otherwise re-direct the development or application of the basic principles, procedures, and institutions of international law from the domestic to the regional levels. Doctrinal orthodoxies also come under challenge, as populist ideologies take hold in the public’s imagination. How are we to understand these transformations and transitions from the point of view of international law principles? How may these principles remain relevant in such a time of transition?

The revived Philippine Society of International Law’s first National Conference,  set on September 7, 2018 (a Friday), is dedicated to the continuing legacy of Prof. Merlin M. Magallona, former Dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.

Turning 84 years old this year, Dean Magallona (UP ’58) remains to be a pillar of the international legal academy in the Philippines.

His decades of teaching at UP and elsewhere have no doubt shaped the intellectual development of many generations of students of international law in the Philippines. In fact, many of his former students have become, in their own right, scholars of international law, if not its leading practitioners, here and abroad. As an author of published works, his academic scholarship has likewise expanded the boundaries reached by his ideas and his advocacy as a scholar of international law.

The National Conference as Festschrift

To celebrate the singular achievement of his life as a scholar and professor of international law, the revived PSIL will hold its first ever National Conference on September 7, 2018 – its first major undertaking since 1988, when it held a joint meeting with the Fulbright Scholars Association at the Presidential Palace, with then President Corazon C. Aquino as guest of honor.

The National Conference is co-hosted by the PSIL and the UP Law Center Institute of International Legal Studies, with the Department of Foreign Affairs as co-host and principal sponsor.

Academics, judges, researchers, postgraduate students, lawyers and law students are invited to submit papers on all topics and sections of international law written under the general ambit of the National Conference Theme, including those falling under the following categories:

Public International Law /Private International Law/Conflict of Laws                 Recognition and enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters
Cross Border Cases involving Children
International Economic Law
International Environmental Law
International Humanitarian Law
International Human Rights Law
International Criminal Law
Law of the Sea
International Arbitration/ Investment Law
International or Regional Maritime Security Regimes
Domestic Courts and International Law
Regional International Law (ASEAN and Comparative Constitutional Law as it intersects with International Law)

Selected papers on the National Conference Theme will be eventually gathered into a book – or into what has traditionally been called a festschrift tendered by former students and colleagues in honor of Dean Magallona. “Former students” here is understood in a broad sense to cover all those who have benefited from his legal scholarship or those who write and teach in the spirit of dedication to the field, so that even those who did not formally study under his tutelage may contribute an essay to the project, provided that it is on international law.

Abstract Submission Deadline

Abstracts should be submitted on or before 15 July 2018. An abstract of no more than 500 words may be emailed to psil.academic (at) gmail (dotcom). The abstract should contain the author’s name and affiliation as well as contact numbers and email addresses.

The abstract should be emailed along with the CV of no more than five (5) pages of the applicant. Both abstract and CV should be submitted in PDF format, under the subject heading: 2018 PSIL National Conference Paper Abstract.

Those who wish to propose a special panel for a common topic or issue should submit to the PSIL Academic Committee a common proposal for such panel, stating the following details:

  1. The proposed topic or issue for the panel;
  2. The panel participants and their respective affiliations (minimum of three members; maximum of four members);
  3. Their respective paper titles and abstracts of no more than 500 words each;
  4. Their contact details – contact numbers and email addresses.

In addition, the common proposal should be emailed along with the CVs of the proposed panel participants, of no more than 5 pages each, in PDF file.

Successful applicants will be notified through email by the PSIL Academic Committee on or before 5 August 2018.

Authors of accepted abstracts are encouraged to submit a 6,000-word draft (exclusive of footnotes) of their papers to the Academic Committee on or before 30 August 2018. Papers selected for the Magallona festschrift will be eventually revised after the conference, to a manuscript of between 8,000 words and 10,000 words (exclusive of footnotes).

Conference participants are expected to shoulder the costs of attending the National Conference, but accepted paper presenters will be given a registration fee discount.

Further information on the National Conference

More details about the National Conference will be posted on the PSIL blog soon. In the meantime, other queries may be emailed to psil.secretariat (at) gmail (dotcom).

Biographic notes on Dean Magallona *

magallonaDean Magallona is currently Professorial Lecturer at the UP College of Law. He is chair of the Department of International and Human Rights Law of the Academic Council of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) of the Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the Permanent Court of Arbitrators.

He was Dean of the College of Law from 1995 to 1999, its Associate Dean from 1991 to 1995, and Director of the UP Law Center’s Institute of International Legal Studies from 2000 to 2001. He was a participant in the Tokyo External Session of The Hague Academy in 1968 and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University in 1969. In 1994, he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University in 1994. In 1999, Dean Magallona was nominated by the Judicial and Bar Council to the position of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

In 2001, he was appointed an Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs, which he served until his resignation in July 2002. He served as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Legal Education from 1999 to 2003. Twice, he served as counsel for the Republic of the Philippines in the oral arguments before the International Court of Justice; first, in the case of Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (Advisory Opinion, 1995) and second, in the case Concerning Sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan (Indonesia v. Malaysia), in which the Philippines requested to intervene in 2001.

Dean Magallona was a member of the Expert Group on the Legal Aspects of the New International Economic Order established by the UN Institute on Training and Research in 1992 and also a listed Expert in Human Rights of the UN Human Rights Commission. From 1999 to 2000, he served as a member of the arbitral tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France.

In 2002, he represented the Philippines in the Working Group of the UN Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court in Rome in 1998 and headed the Philippine Delegation to the meeting of the ICC Preparatory Committee in 2002. In 2004, the Supreme Court appointed him as an amicus curie in the controversial Fernando Poe citizenship case. He was both part of the organizing committee and the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) in 2004 and is a member of the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the International Honor Society for the Social Sciences, Pi Gamma Mu.

Dean Magallona’s corpus of scholarship

What follows is a list of his published book-length works:

 Globalization and Sovereignty: The Republic in Crisis (2017)
 Legal Education: The Search for its Strategic Center in Filipino Cultural Development (2016)  The Philippines in the International Law of the Sea (2015)
 Philippine Constitution and International Law (2013)
 Dictionary of Contemporary International Law (2011)
 Supreme Court and International Law: Problems and Approaches in International Law (UP Law Center, 2010)
 Fundamentals of Public International Law (2005)
 A Primer on the Relation of Philippine Law and International Law (2000)  International Issues in Philippine Perspective (1998)
 A Primer on the Law of the Sea (1997)
 A Primer on the Law of Treaties (1997)
 Japan in the New State of World Capitalism: Problems in Law and Development in Philippine-Japanese Relations (1995)
 The Dismantling of the Philippine State (1994)

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* inset photo of Dean Magallona is taken from the PHILJA website.

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