Lessons from three executions

It’s easy to apprehend the outburst of public sympathy for the three death convicts executed yesterday in China: Ramon Credo, 42; Sally Villanueva, 32; and Elizabeth Batain, 38. They were, like many of us, our relatives and our friends, overseas Filipino workers, forced by poverty to venture into foreign lands to support their families in […]

Is the resolution on Libya a lawful use of force?

IThe media reported recently that 110 missiles were fired by the United States and its allies against unspecified targets in Libya. These missiles were presumably fired pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 which, among others, gave member-nations of the United Nations a mandate to “to take all necessary measures x x x to […]

The last Jurassic Bar examinations

Congratulations to the barristers who passed this year’s Bar examinations. While the Supreme Court still has to promulgate the passing percentage for this year’s examination as I am writing this column, already it is apparent that this year’s successful batch passed what should be one of the toughest bar exams ever. I was an examiner […]

Meeting of two presidents

I was witness to a historic meeting between two presidents: President Noynoy Aquino and Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court, last Monday at Malacañang’s “yellow room”. Since the year 2000, the Philippines, under then-President Joseph Estrada, signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. This is the first permanent international tribunal […]

The United Nations and the International Criminal Court

The recent decision of the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions and an asset freeze on Libya for its violent dispersal of protesters is the latest instance where systematic breaches of human rights were made subject to collective security measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. Members of the UN envisioned that wars […]