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Graduate School of Law


We envision the Graduate School of Law of San Beda Universityas a center of scholarly studies in the discipline of law makingavailable the highest standards of advanced legal educationin the country.


We make it our mission to contribute to the development of thescholarly study of the law in the country, inspired by the missionof the Church and animated by the Core Benedictine Values.

Goals – Departmental Output

The Graduate School of Law will graduate professionals andacademics who, having developed strong researchcompetencies and acquired an academic approach to thestudy of law as a distinct academic discipline, and faithful totheir vocation as Christians, shall contribute to theunderstanding of law in relation to social order and thecountry’s role in an integrated region and a global community.


HLA Hart's Legal System
and the Constitution as Rule of Recognition

Justice Adolf Azcuna

Law, Film and Literature:
Classic and Contemporary Portrayals
of the Role of Law in Society

Dean Antonio Gabriel M. La Vina

Democratic Backsliding and Electoral Reforms
Dr. George V. Carmona

International Security and Alliances
Prof. Arnedo Valera

Issues in Private International Law
Prof. Elizabeth Pangalangan

Constitutions, Constitutionalism
and the Rule of Law

Justice Oakile Key Dingake

Law and Economics
Dean Sedfrey Candelaria

Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development
Prof. Karen Jimeno

International Commercial Arbitration
Prof. Palash Gupta

Politics, Law and Constitutional Reform
Prof. Edmund Tayao

International Law of the Sea
Ambassador Henry Bensurto

International Aviation Law
Dr. Ruffo JR Chong

Law in the Old Testament
and Freedom in the Pauline Corpus

Prof. Dr. Victor G. Sison

The Natural Law Marriage:
Its Efficacy and Valid Dissolution

Fr. Dr. Danilo R. Flores

Environmental Law in the Asia-Pacific
Dr. Manny Peter P. Solis

International Human Rights Law
Prof. Ricardo A. Sunga, III
Financial Crime Investigation
Prof. Dax Salido

General Norms of Canon Law
Mons. Dr. Gary Noel S. Formoso

Canonical Penal Law
Mons. Dr. Gary Formoso

Canonical Matrimonial Law
Fr. Dr. Jaime Achacoso

Advanced Forensic Medicine
Dr. Peter Ng

Survey of Selected Spanish Jurists
Dr. Cristina A. Montes

International Criminal Law
Prof. Harry Roque

Secured Transactions, Rehabilitation and Insolvency
Prof. Eric Recalde

The Origin and Principles of Islamic Law
and Jurisprudence

Fr. Dr. John Mallare

Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development
Fr. Dr. Shierwin Cabunilas

Development Challenges: Relevance of Planning and Zoning Laws, Land Titles and Deeds
Prof. Linda Malenab Hornilla

Labor Law
Prof. Judge Benedict G. Kato

Forensic Science and Scene-of-the-Crime

Dr. Idabel Pagulayan

Natural Law and the Constitution
Dean Jemy I. Gatdula

Modern Civil Law Codes:
A Philosophical Perspective

Fr. Dr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino

List of Professors for 2nd Sem AY 2023-2024



This year saw the Supreme Court handing down rulings with far-reaching consequences. In the same measure the Legislature has enacted statute breaking new ground. I can foresee that even more challenging, trying and intricate questions will come before the court this coming year and in the years ahead, even as our Legislature forges ahead with game-changing legislation.

In all this, there are assumptions about the human person, human nature and what a “good life” in an organized community should be. These are intensely philosophical questions — but without clear answers, no matter that they may be subject to revision later on — the law remains blind, clueless and rudderless.

Answering questions of this sort is the task of a Graduate School of Law. It is my good fortune to have had the honor to invite some of the most respected persons in the field of legal and juridical academia. They form our professorial corps, and I have absolutely no doubt that they lead our students through exciting and at the same time involved explorations far below the surface of the terrain on which law schools tread. After all, a Graduate School of Law is not and should not be a continuation of law school.
But because we keep ever before us our Benedictine heritage, our Graduate School of Law strives to serve the Church. For us, this is not some adventitious concern. It is at the heart of our existence. This year, therefore, we have commenced a new specialization in our Master of Legal Studies and Master of Laws program — Canon Law. We are also extremely pleased to graduate our first batch of priests who have completed the Master of Legal Studies, utriusque juris course.

Light in the darkness — that is who Benedict was. That is what ever Benedictine monastery is. Ora et Labora — without frills, without fanfare. That too best characterizes our Graduate School of Law.That in all things, God may be glorified.

Fr. Ranhilio C. Aquino, PhD, JD, JSD
Dean, Graduate School of Law