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Philippine Legal Education Board 2nd Environmental Law Faculty Training

In the Philippines, the Legal Education Board (LEB), as administrator of the legal education system, has initiated a series of reforms in the training and education of future legal professionals. One key reform has been the revision and modernization of the existing model law curriculum into the Revised Model Law Curriculum (RMLC), which provides for the mandatory teaching of environmental law as a non-core subject in Philippine law schools.

In 2021, upon the request of the LEB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Environment Programme, and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, supported a 12-week capacity development program for more than 100 legal educators from across the Philippines. This Environmental Law Teachers Online Training Program ran from September 22 to December 8, 2021, and covered curriculum development and best practice in environmental and climate change law teaching. Following the initial program's success, and to further support the LEB’s request for additional capacity building and development of a Model Environmental Law Syllabus, a second Environmental Law Faculty Training will be conducted on 27 and 28 October 2022 at ADB headquarters in Manila and via Zoom.

The objectives of the 2-day hybrid-training event are to:

  1. Update environmental law educators in the Philippines with best practices in effective pedagogy, including online and hybrid teaching pedagogy.
  2. Explore lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and innovations in distance learning and online pedagogy
  3. Introduce the draft Model Environmental Law Curriculum and discuss its applicability to the development of a Philippines Model Environmental Law Syllabus, which will help implement the reforms under the Revised Model Law Curriculum adopted in 2021.
  4. Foster networking and knowledge-sharing between environmental law professors and academics in the Philippines.




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Training Sessions Program

  • October 27 | Day 1
    • 8:30AM: Registration, Opening and Welcome Remarks by Christina Pak, Thomas Clark,Chairperson Anna Marie Melanie B. Trinidad, and Professor Rose-Liza Osorio
    • 8:55AM: Keynote by Hon. Maria Filomena D. Singh
    • 9:15AM: Vote of Thanks – Departure of Official Party
    • 9:20AM: Environmental Law Education for a Post-Pandemic world by Amanda Kennedy
    • 9:40AM: Introduction of ADB’s Technical Assistance: Developing Environmental Law Champions by Christina Pak
    • 9:45AM: Overview of Day 2 by Matthew Baird
    • 9:50AM: Group Photo and Health break
    • 10:15AM: Developments in Environmental Law Teaching by Amanda Kennedy and Gerthie Mayo-Anda
    • 12:30PM: Lunch Break
    • 1:30PM: Online and Hybrid Learning by ADB Tech team
    • 2:00PM: Model Curriculum for Environmental Law by Jonathan Liljeblad,Matther Baird, Gerthie Mayo-Anda
    • 4:00PM: Plenary Feedback and Q & A
    • 4:30PM: End of Day 1
  • October 28 | Day 2
    • 9:00AM: Instructional Strategies in Elearning including online sources and ways to promote access to teaching materials by Prof. Amanda Kennedy and Atty. Gerthie Mayo-Anda
    • 10:00AM: Sharing of Teaching Examples
    • 10:30AM: Health Break
    • 10:45AM: Developing Course Teaching Modules and Plans
    • 12:30PM: Lunch Break
    • 1:30PM: Environmental Law Clinics in the Philippines and beyond
    • 2:15PM: Updates on environmental law subjects included in the Model Environmental Law Curriculum
    • 3:30PM: Reflections and looking ahead
    • 4:30PM: End of Day 2 and End of Training Program


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Opening Speakers


Hon. Maria Filomena Singh
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of The Philippines


Hon. Anna Maria Melanie Trinidad
Legal Education Board


Thomas Clark
General Counsel
Asian Development Bank


Christina Pak
Principal Counsel and Team Leader
Law and Policy Reform Program
Asian Development Bank


Trainers and Facilitators


Jonathan Liljeblad
Senior Lecturer
Australian National University


Amanda Kennedy
Queensland University of Technology


Rose-Liza Esmie-Osorio
Project Leader
University of Cebu, College of Law


Grizelda "Gerthie" Mayo-Anda
Environmental Attorney
Palawan State University


Joyce Melcar Tan
Asia Climate and Energy


Georgina Lloyd
Regional Coordinator Environmental
Law and Governance
UN Environment Programme


Matthew Baird
Regional Environmental and
Climate Law and Governance
Expert (Consultant)
Asian Development Bank