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, a notable academic and chair of the UN Human Rights Committee prior to his stint at the World Court, will deliver the keynote speech.

The Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) is an international forum for scholars and practitioners of international law which 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 in 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.

A brief historical note on the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL)

The Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) is an international non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental organization founded in 2007. At the founding meeting of the Society at the National University of Singapore in 2007, members of the UP Law Faculty were in attendance and became members of its founding Executive Council, namely Dean Merlin Magallona, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, International Criminal Court judge Raul C. Pangalangan, and then UP Law professor H. Harry L. Roque, Jr.

At the 6th Biennial conference in Seoul, South Korea last August 2017, Prof. Roque, was elected President of the Society for a two-year term. Justice Jardeleza was elected Vice President for Southeast Asia, while Judge Pangalangan was re-elected as a member of the Executive Council.

AsianSIL has now grown to become one of the most prestigious organizations in international law in the region, with members hailing from its chapters in South Korea, Japan, China, Iran, Singapore, India, Australia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kazakhstan, and the Philippines.

A brief historical note on the Philippine Society of International Law (PSIL)

Upon the revival of the Philippine Society of International Law (PSIL) established in 1961 by Filipino international legal luminaries headed by Justice Florentino Feliciano, an illustrious alumnus of the University of the Philippines College of Law, the Philippines took the challenge to organize the conference. PSIL was re-registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2014.

In August last year, with the University of the Philippines Law Center and the Department of Foreign Affairs, PSIL held its first National Conference. With the theme “The Philippines and the Dynamics of International Law in Transition,” it drew over 100 paper presenters from India, Singapore, Australia, Hongkong, Indonesia, Malaysia and various regions in the Philippines. The panels consist of experts in human rights, territorial disputes and regional maritime security, international trade law, armed conflict, terrorism, environmental law and sustainable development, enforcement of foreign judgment, ASEAN Law, and Philippine reception of international law.

The PSIL National Conference was a small gesture of appreciation – a festschrift – for the continuing legacy of Dean Merlin M. Magallona to the Philippine international legal academy. H.E. International Criminal Court Judge Raul C. Pangalangan served as keynote speaker for the conference, a prelude to the 7th Biennial Conference.

The AsianSIL 7th Biennial Conference will feature a special panel in honor of Justice Feliciano, on the spirit of international legal scholarship and judicial theory. This landmark conference, to be hosted for the first time by the Philippines, is now open for corporate sponsorships.