The U.P. Master of Laws (LL.M.) program will introduce legal practitioners, law professors, judges, and government counsels to the intricacies of the evolving body of ASEAN regional law and its relationship with Southeast Asian (including Philippine) national laws.

The Course provides adequate preparation for an increasingly cross-border regional hybrid legal system with interacting national judicial systems under the unique ASEAN Charter-based horizontal integration.

The UP LL.M program aims to prepare local and international legal practitioners, law professors and government lawyers and judges for the increasingly cross-border, internationalized legal practice. The program will familiarize its students with the intricacies of the evolving body of regional and international law, bridging it with national legal traditions.

The program provides core subjects that provide a solid foundation in international law, followed by any of two specialization tracks:

1. Cross Border and Regional Practice – This specialization track is designed to enhance legal practitioners’ practical skills and strategies for cross-border and regional practice, particularly in Southeast Asia, as well as to introduce non-Southeast Asia foreign lawyers to cross-border and regional practice laws in the region. LLM candidates approved for this specialization track should expect problem-based and law firm-oriented practice simulations of cross-border and regional legal problems, particularly those arising from increased cross-border business transactions under the single market and production base fostered under model of integration of the ASEAN Economic Community. (Download Course List)

2. Government, Public Advocacy and Judging – This specialization track is designed for Southeast Asian government lawyers, public law advocates, legislators, and judges, seeking to deepen and broaden knowledge in crucial areas of laws and methodologies necessary for effective governmental and public policy advising, administrative regulation, law reform, national adjudication and international arbitration. It will likewise  introduce non-Southeast Asian governmental advocates, counsels, and judges to the national and regional laws and public policies driving the increasing integration and external cooperation of the ASEAN pillar communities, especially under the ASEAN Political-Security Community. LLM candidates approved for this specialization track should expect problem-based government-oriented simulations of cross-sectoral, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, and cross-border legal situations; the incorporation of public policy, law and economics, welfare and public choice theories in legal analysis; and the adaptation of modern empirical and scientific tools for managing dispute settlement through court adjudication and international arbitration, as well as for tools for effective intergovernmental negotiations. (Download Course List)

In addition to teaching an advanced law degree, the program will run research centers with a cross-border orientation and links with industry and international academic institutions.

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