Thursday 08 November 2018

Growing up in a province frequently hit by natural disasters, CHED-Newton scholar Patrick Simon Perillo draws inspiration from his childhood experiences in lobbying for policies on corporate accountability to address negligence of the environment and the rights for the community.

Patrick, who is now undertaking his PhD in Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, hopes that his study can contribute to the Philippine economic welfare by providing a deeper understanding of environmental resilience beyond prevention, but that also which actually improves current conditions.

His study suggests that International Law’s lack of particular attention on corporate regulation puts the burden on domestic law. However, some factors such as the fast-paced development and globalisation render the State unable to fully address the human rights and environmental concerns caused by these corporations. 

His research, titled ‘Drawing the Legal Map for Corporate Accountability in International and Comparative Law: Perspectives from State-Based Mechanisms affecting Business, Human Rights and the Environment’, explores the corporate responsibilities in international and comparative law for any violations of human rights and environmental casualties. This research is under the supervision of Dr Markus Gehring. 

Prior to his PhD undertaking, Patrick completed his LLM degree at the Columbia Law School and his Juris Doctor degree from his home institution, the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. Professionally, he has worked in several government offices such as the Office of the President and the Supreme Court of the Philippines. In addition to having worked in the public sector, his work experience includes a number of private law firms. 

Upon the completion of his PhD, Patrick will return to his home institution as a Professorial Lecturer in Law.

Apart from his research work at the University of Cambridge, Patrick also serves as the Managing Editor of the Cambridge International Law Journal and was also the Co-Convenor of the 7th Annual Cambridge International Law Conference in 2017.

Find out more about Patrick Simon Perillo and his research on our website.

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