University of Adelaide
After almost two decades as a lawyer in the Philippines and working as a legal and policy adviser to multilateral financing and development institutions such as the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme, among others, Manuel or 'Manny' as he is fondly called decided to pursue his PhD in 2012. His PhD examines the intersection of international human rights, energy, climate change and environmental law, particularly the legal significance of adopting a human rights-based approach to provide universal access to modern energy services. While undertaking his PhD, he was a Teaching Fellow at the Adelaide Law School from 2013 to 2014. He also assumed various teaching roles at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of South Australia. Eventually, Manny's PhD was conferred in 2015. Manny received a number of prestigious awards for his research, including the University Doctoral Research Medal, Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, the South Australia Governor's International Student Postgraduate Academic Excellence Award, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Best Graduate Student Paper Award. Appointed as Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School in 2015, he teaches in Property Law, Foundations of Law, and Perspectives on Property Law and Society and acts as course coordinator for Climate Change Law and the Native Title Internship Programme. Manny is currently the University's Designated Contact Point to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Law School's Indigenous Student Liaison Officer. Also, he has been invited as a visiting law faculty to teach an intensive master course on Asia Pacific Environmental Law at Sydney Law School beginning October 2016.
Energy Law (renewable energy and access to modern energy services), Climate Change Law (adaptation, disaster risk management, loss and damage), Environmental Law, International Human Rights Law (socioeconomic rights), Sustainable Development Law, and Rural Electrification