Monday, July 25, 2005


2005 Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law

Moot Court Team try-outs will be on July 26, 2005. Submission of memorials at 9 am and oral pleadings at 2pm, also on July 25, 2005.

Please sign up at the OCS now!

Copies of the problem and sample memorial are also available there. Please submit three hard copies of your memorial. Submissions will only be received at the OCS. There is a 1500 word-limit on the memorial including footnotes. Oral pleadings will take place in Room 300. You will be given 15 minutes to present your oral pleadings.

Good luck!

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Constitution Drafting Seminar

Professor Hilbay will be offering an advanced course in Constitutional Law (Law 176), the object of which is to assist him in drafting an alternative Constitution. The class will be converted into an informal constitutional assembly that will compose all the articles of the new Constitution. The first few meetings, however, will be limited to discussing the general features of the draft Constitution and the organization of the class.

In view of the urgency of the enterprise, as well as the academic and practical advantages of working as history plays out, the preparatory work of the class will be initiated this semester. Meetings of the seminar will be flexible and dependent on the existing schedule of those who will be selected. At a minimum, the class will meet once a week. The timetable for finishing the draft Constitution is entirely dependent on the group's progress.

Class size is tentatively limited to thirteen. Members eventually selected will be credited with three units for the second semester. Those interested may sign up with the College Secretary's Office. There is NO priority in enlistment. Those interested may email Prof. Hilbay at with a paragraph or two indicating why they should be selected. Enlistment ends on the 27th of July at 5pm. Open to all students.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Wiki Training Session for Openlaw.PH

The UP Law Internet and Society Program has recently launched an initiative ( to harness web technology, particularly wikis and blogs, to enable collaboration on legal education and research. Pursuant to this, we are conducting a 3-hour training session on Saturday, June 16, 2005 at Computer Room, UP College of Law Library from 9am to 12 noon. The training session would cover the subtleties of using, editing, and maintaining a wiki. Dominique Cimafranca, renowned Information Technology trainor and Open Source Software evangelist, will facilitate the event.

We're inviting web nuts, preferably those with blogging experience and some HTML-fu, to attend the session. Although the first phase of the project involves only legal research for VOIP issues, long term goals include a Wikipedia-like resource for law students and barristers.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The President's Ex-Men: The Real Deal

Women In Law and Paralegal Volunteers Organization present:

A Forum With Resigned Cabinet Secretaries

Thursday, July 14, 2005
10am - 12 noon
Sta Ana Room, Malcolm Hall

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A Statement from the UP College of Law Faculty

We, the Faculty of the University of the Philippines College of Law, in line with our responsibilities as lawyers, educators, and citizens of the Republic, have decided to present our collective views on the issue of the "Gloria Tapes."

We believe that Malacanang's confirmation that President Arroyo made the calls to Commissioner Garcillano implies more than a mere "lapse of judgment" or simple impropriety. We believe that it constitutes an inexplicable and inexcusable failure to adhere to fundamental precepts of the Constitution.

President Arroyo took an oath to "faithfully and conscientiously fulfill [her] duties as President of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate [herself] to the service of the Nation." (Article VII, Section 5) Under Section 17 of the same Article, she is mandated to "ensure that the laws be faithfully executed."

Among the laws that the President swore to preserve, defend, and faithfully execute is Article IX, Section 1 of the Constitution, which guarantees the independence of the COMELEC. A series of direct, personal calls from the Chief Executive, a candidate in the elections, to a COMELEC official during the election period, already grossly violates that independence. Taking into account the content of the conversations--which indicate manipulation of the canvassing process, concealment of illegal acts, and outright electoral fraud--underscores the debasement of the constitutional right to suffrage, the very foundation of our democracy, and establishes the criminal culability of President Arroyo.

Fulfillment of these fundamental constitutional duties did not require any "judgment" on the part of President Arroyo--only full and faithful adherence to basic and straightforward provisions of the Constitution.

We believe that with this glaring failure to abide by the duties of her high office, President Arroyo has lost the capacity to serve the public trust with the utmost responsibility and integrity. She has become morally, and constitutionally, unfit to be President.

We are therefore calling upon President Arroyo to resign.

If she takes our nation's best interests to heart and is genuinely sorry for her failure to do her duty, she should step down. Resignation is the best apology she can offer the Filipino people.

We are likewise calling on the Commissioners of the COMELEC to vacate their posts in view of the serious damage the "Gloria Tapes" issue has done to their credibility and integrity. They must be reminded that they are bound to perform their duties honestly, faithfully, and in such a manner as to be above suspicion of irregularities--a standard they can no longer meet in the current situation.

It must be emphasized that, contrary to the claims in some quarters, resignation is constitutional. Voluntary relinquishment is one of the constitutionally recognized means by which the Presidency can be vacated (Article VII, Section 8). Likewise, calling for the President to step down is perfectly in accordance with the exercise of the consitutionl right to free speech, and cannot be abridged through prior restraint or threat of subsequent punishment. (Article III, Section 4) We are constrained to reiterate this point in the wake of the dire warnngs and threats of prosecution that have been made by the Department of Justice.

We make these statements on the basis of what we believe the Constitution, the laws, and public interest prescribe. We do so pursuant to our appreciation of what our responsibilities demand.

Posted July 4, 2005 at the University of the Philippines College of Law

Monday, July 04, 2005

Mock Bar

Who: UP Law Reviewees only
Where: Malcolm Theater
When: July 9, 16, 23, 30 (whole day)
How to Register: Text Grace (09274612805) or Garth (09176982128)
How much: FREE!