Special Course on International Criminal Law and Security *** November 2016 *** Tagaytay City


PHILJA Special Courses on International Law

The relevance of international law to the work of judges and lawyers, whether from the government or the private sector, is rapidly increasing. To ensure that members of the bench and the bar remain conversant with the fundamental principles and the recent developments in this field of law, as well as its applicability and significance to their work, the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) will offer special training programs on selected topics in international law to judges, judicial clerks, and government lawyers. These courses, which will supplement the regular programs offered by the PHILJA, are intended to:

  1. Provide participants with training on areas of international law that are particularly relevant to their functions with a concentration on topics relevant to the settlement of disputes;
  2. Update members of the judiciary and the bar on the latest developments in international criminal law and security; and
  3. Provide participants with modules, problem sets and other training materials on the selected topics.


For its inaugural program, PHILJA offered a Special Course on International Criminal Law and Security on January 18-22 at the PHILJA Training Center, Tagaytay City. This intensive five-day program, designed for judges, judicial clerks and government lawyers whose functions involve aspects of international criminal law and security, featured a combination of lectures and workshops on the following topics:

  1. Modes of liability, including aiding and abetting superior/command responsibility, joint criminal enterprise and co-perpetratorship;
  2. Substantive international security and criminal offenses, including terrorism and terrorization of civilian populations, deportation and forcible transfer, trafficking, torture, sexual violence, child soldiers, war crimes, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances;
  3. Evidence, procedure, and fair trial rights;
  4. Maritime security, including piracy, port security regulations, national security act, jurisdictional questions on search and seizure of contraband and other prohibited illegal goods, illegal and unreported fishing, destruction of the marine environment, coastal protection; and
  5. The West Philippine Sea Dispute.


Because of the immensely positive response from the participants during the inaugural special course, PHILJA will conduct a second special course in November 2016. The program will be composed of (1) a Basic Course for new participants, which will essentially follow the same curriculum as the first special course; and (2) an Advanced Course for those who already participated in the program last January.

The two courses, will be held at the PHILJA Training Center in Tagaytay City, on the following dates:

  1. November 21-24 for the Basic Course; and
  2. November 24-26 for the Advanced Course.

Participants for both courses will likewise have the opportunity to attend a lecture by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio on the award of the arbitral tribunal on the West Philippine Sea arbitration.

Other information on the upcoming programs, including the topics to be discussed, reading materials, detailed schedules, etc. will be posted on this site as they become available.

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