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A Broken Judicial System and the Future of Democracy in the Philippines
Thursday, November 2, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Philippine human rights advocate and lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno will be speaking on the state of the Philippine judicial system and how systemic attacks from the executive branch over the years are leading the country’s democratic institutions to the brink. He will also be discussing how repression has been codified into laws such as the Anti-Terrorist Act and the Cyber Libel Law.
Diokno is a staunch supporter of judicial reform and social justice. He chairs the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) where he has represented countless fisherfolk, students, teachers, workers, journalists, soldiers, informal settlers, indigenous peoples, whistleblowers, and other victims of abuse.
Diokno studied law at the Northern Illinois University and is the founding dean of the De La Salle University Tañada-Diokno School of Law. He has published several law books, authoring chapters on human rights in textbooks.
Diokno previously served as General Counsel for the Philippine Senate’s Committee of Accountability of Public Officers, Special Counsel for the Development Bank of the Philippines, and Presidential Adviser on Human Rights to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
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