Law and Liminality: A roundtable discussion on Decolonizing Law

The UP-CIDS Decolonial Studies Program presents “Law and Liminality: A Roundtable Discussion on Decolonizing Law” on September 6, Friday, 1pm, at UP Diliman’s Interactive Learning Center’s conference room. Led by the constitutionalist scholar, Professor Dante Gatmaytan.

Dante Gatmaytan teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Method, and Local Government Law. Before he entered the academe in 1998, he practiced law through public interest law offices working with rural poor communities involved in environment and natural resources law, indigenous peoples’ rights, agrarian reform, and local governance. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Ateneo de Manila (B.S. Legal Management) in 1987 and a law degree (LL.B.) from the University of the Philippines in 1991. He holds Masters Degrees from Vermont Law School (cum laude) and the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Gatmaytan writes on the environment, gender, the judiciary, and the intersection of law and politics. His works have appeared in the Asian Journal of Comparative Law, the Oregon Review of International Law, the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, and the Harvard Women’s Law Journal among others. Professor Gatmaytan’s books include Legal Method Essentials, Local Government Law and Jurisprudence, and Constitutional Law in the Philippines: Government Structure (published by Lexis-Nexis in 2015). His scholarship is collected in More Equal than Others: Constitutional Law and Politics, and Underclass: Public Interest Law Practice Perspectives.

Ponciano Bennagen was a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission. A former Professor at the University of the Philippines, Department of Anthropology, he is a member of Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, he is a “fieldworker” who continues to work long after his retirement.

Efenita M. Taqueban is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She teaches Anthropology and Human Rights, Applied Anthropology, Peasant and Traditional Societies, Political Anthropology, and Development Anthropology. She coordinates the Office of the Service Learning and Outreach of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy of the university. She obtained her Masters in Anthropology from the same university and her Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. She has a law degree from Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro and is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. She is the Research and Policy Development Adviser of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan (Friends of the Earth Philippines). LRC is a policy and legal research and advocacy organization that works for the recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and upland rural poor communities to land and other natural resources.

Bryan Dennis Gabito Tiojanco is a postdoctoral fellow at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law’s Centre for Asian Legal Studies. He obtained his J.D. (cum laude), from the University of the Philippines; and his LL.M. & J.S.D. degrees from the Yale Law School. His essays have been published by the Cambridge University Press, Har Publishing, Routeledge, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, the Philippine Law Journal, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and the New Mandala.

Armi Beatriz E. Bayot is a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Law student at the University of Oxford, where she is undertaking research on the nature, legal status, and function of intrastate peace agreements. She previously worked as a lawyer at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), first serving as Division Chief of the Center for Crisis, Conflict, and Humanitarian Protection of the CHR and later as the Deputy Coordinator of the National Task Force Against Extrajudicial Killings. She is the founding Head the CHR’s Analysis Unit. Prior to her work at the CHR, she was an Associate Solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) of the Republic of the Philippines. She was also legal counsel to the government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) from 2010-2016 and was deeply involved in the drafting and negotiation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) – a milestone peace agreement which aims to end the decades-long armed conflict in Mindanao. She obtained a Master of Laws Degree in Transnational Law (with Distinction) from King’s College London in 2015 under a Chevening Scholarship from the Government of the United Kingdom. She was awarded the Dickson Poon School of Law Prize in 2015 for obtaining the highest marks among her cohort on the Transnational Law pathway. She was also the sole winner of the prestigious Georg Schwarzenberger Prize in International Law in 2016, an award administered by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to recognize excellence in public international law among students from the constituent law schools of the University of London system. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law in 2009. She was a Senior Lecturer at UP Law, teaching Legal History and Administrative Law, from 2016 to 2018.

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