Judge Raul C. Pangalangan
Activism Through Law: The Legal Path Transforms the Advocate As
15 October 2018
Raul C. Pangalangan is a Judge of the International Criminal Court at The Hague. He taught Constitutional Law and Public International Law at the University of the Philippines College of Law, where he became a Professor and Dean. Aside from UP, he has also taught at the Harvard Law School (visiting professor), and at the Hague Academy of International Law (Lecturer and as Director of Studies). He also taught in the Philippine Judicial Academy, the official training institute for Filipino judges. He contributed to Triffterer’s Commentary on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and has delivered the Keynote at the Salzburg Seminar on International Criminal Law. Judge Pangalangan was also a Philippine Delegate to the 1998 Rome Conference to establish the International Criminal Court.
Before he came to the Court, he also chaired the Bantay Katarungan (Sentinels of Justice), a group of public interest lawyers that filed test cases in human rights and anti-corruption. He has argued leading cases in constitutional law and international law before the Philippine Supreme Court and international arbitration bodies. His expertise has also been tapped by the International Committee of the Red Cross as an international humanitarian law expert, and in 2006, successfully challenged, before the Supreme Court, the illegal arrests made under a state of emergency. He also worked with Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC in establishing the Administrative Tribunal of the Asian Development Bank.
Judge Pangalangan received his Master of Laws (LL.M) and Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School, and his Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) cum laude and LL.B. from the University of the Philippines. At Harvard, he was a Clyde Ferguson Fellow at the Human Rights Program and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur scholar the Center for International Affairs. He won the Laylin Prize in international law for his LL.M. thesis and the Sumner Prize in international peace for his S.J.D. dissertation. He holds the Diplôme of the Hague Academy of International Law.