Winners of the
DISSERTATION WRITING CONTEST 2019-2020

1st Place
Ma. Angela Teresa Sebastian
University of the Philippines
Protecting Liberty and Nurturing Prosperity in the Propertization of Digital Footprint in the Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Adviser: Atty. Gerard Chan

2nd Place
Genica Therese Endaluz
Ateneo de Manila University
“Home Court Advantage: Establishing a Framework for the Responsibility of a State with Respect to Human Rights Violations Committed by its Corporate Nationals Abroad”
Adviser: Ambassador Manuel Antonio Teehankee

3rd Placers (3)

Patrick Edward Balisong
Ateneo de Manila University
“Bridging the Accountability Gap Between the Universal Rights Regime and the Regime of Multilateral Development Financing Institutions”
Adviser: Atty. Maria Luisa Isabel Rosales

Angelette Bulacan
Far Eastern University
“Lèse-Majesté by the Sovereign’s Own Instrumentality: The Government’s Violations of the Supreme Law in the Non-enforcement of the Philippine Entitlements in the West Philippine Sea”
Adviser: Atty. Galahad Pe Benito

Carlota Villaroman
San Beda University
“Enforcing Liberty and Prosperity through Tax Reform: Synchronization of Taxation Laws with the Philippine Development Plan as Instrument of Social Justice”
Adviser: Dean Marciano Delson

Finalists

Juan Paolo Artiaga
University of the Philippines
“Comment against “No Comment”: Balancing Constitutional Liberties and the Role of the Judiciary in Comments on Cases Pending Before the Court”

Archiebald Capila (SSC-Recoletos Manila)
“Of Transcendental Importance: An Analysis of the Doctrine’s Application vis-à-vis Liberty and Prosperity”

Patrick Angelo Gutierrez (FEU)
“Judicial Activism or Judicial Restraint: The Justiciability of Unilateral Acts of States in the Context of Duterte’s Declarations Toward the South China Sea Dispute”

Daphne Dianne Mendoza (DLSU)
“The Green Generation: Establishing an Environmental Defense Fund through the Contribution of Mining Companies and Other Extractive Industries”

Ronald Kevin Lapuz Montellano (FEU)
“Nomad is an Island: A Legal Framework for Nomadic Indigenous People for Cultural Integrity and in Cases of Displacement”

Robie Quiño (Graduate School of Law, SSCR Manila)
“Not of Legal Age but of Legal Mind: Enacting a Law that shall integrate the Principles and Provisions of the UNCRC and Domestic Laws Promoting Child Protection as well as to integrate crime prevention, criminal justice and other rule-of-law aspects into the school curricula at all levels, whether public or private, including in barangay daycare, preschool, basic education and out-of-school youth”

Ma. Luisa Sebastian (ADMU)
“Establishing a Binding and Obligatory Framework for the Protection of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Accordance with the State’s International Law Obligations”

Vladimir Joy Tamargo (FEU)
“Liberty and Prosperity in the Coming Age of the Commercialization and Industrialization of the Moon and Her Riches: The Common Heritage of Humankind”

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