International law experts to gather in Philippines for AsianSIL meet

Some 400 experts on international law from Asia and all over the world are expected to  come to the Philippines in August for the Seventh Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL).

Foreign Affairs  Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. led government officials, the diplomatic corps and leading legal personalities at the kick-off ceremony yesterday of the AsianSIL Biennial Conference at the DFA office.

Locsin said the conference, to be held from August 22 to 23 in Quezon City, is the “most important international law event that will take place in the Philippines this year.”

“The event will benefit from the expertise not only of leading international law practitioners and teachers across the region, but also of the Asian judges of the International Court of Justice and other international judicial and arbitral bodies,”  Locsin said.

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

The AsianSIL is a region-wide forum for interaction among scholars and practitioners of public and private international law either based or interested in Asia. It is composed of national societies across Asia, including the Philippine Society of International Law (PSIL).

AsianSIL is currently led by former Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, while PSIL is presently headed by University of the Philippines (UP) Professor Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangalangan.

The Seventh Biennial Conference will be hosted by the PSIL, together with the UP Law Center-Institute of International Legal Studies headed by its Director Rommel J. Casis, and the DFA Office of Treaties and Legal Affairs headed by Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Treaties and Legal Affairs J. Eduardo Malaya.

The AsianSIL organizes major conferences every two years. Its sixth biennial conference was held in Seoul, Korea.