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Francis Tom Temprosa

Tom Temprosa is a Michigan Grotius Fellow and an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Law School where he also completed his LL.M. degree in 2017 as a DeWitt Scholar. During his LL.M. year, he was awarded The Jon Henry Kouba Prize for Best Student Paper (International Peace and Security Winner) and a Certificate of Merit for Impact of Human Rights on International Law under Prof./Judge Bruno Simma. He was also a Salzburg Cutler Fellow, representing the law school in an international law global seminar. In the same year, he got the S. James Anaya Award for Excellence in International Legal Scholarship. In 2015, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs elected him as a Pacific Fellow.

Tom Temprosa is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University Law School and a lecturer at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law in the Philippines. Aside from teaching, prior to coming to Michigan, he has worked for the UN and the Philippine government. He was Legal Adviser to the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and was designated its legal counsel before the Philippine Supreme Court. In the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in different capacities from 2009 to 2013, he dealt with legal issues of refugee protection, statelessness, and internal displacement in man-made conflict and natural disaster situations. He has worked in other branches of the Philippine government: as Director for Legislation at the Office of the Majority Leader in the Senate, where he was involved with several parliamentary and law reform initiatives, and as an attorney (law clerk) at the Commission on Elections. He also engages in litigation and law firm practice.

He has led and published an ASEAN-wide research on the state of the rule of law amidst ASEAN integration. He co-wrote a book on disaster-related displacement and chapters on human security and internal displacement, judicial training, and violence, exploitation and discrimination against women and children. His works are published in the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (forthcoming), Michigan Journal of International Law (online), Asian Journal of International Law, Ateneo Law Journal, Philippine Law Journal, Quilted Sightings, and Asian Yearbook of International Law. He is a recipient of the DILA Prize for Young Scholars by the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia for his work on the interface of international law in the Philippine court.

Fields of Academic Interest
International law, human rights, forced migration and refugee law, statelessness, humanitarian law, rule of law, and election and administrative law.

Dissertation Project
Tom Temprosa aims to develop a framework to address the problem of standards of proof in the investigations of UN commissions of inquiry and fact-finding missions with Prof. Steven R. Ratner, who has extensive experience with UN fact-finding missions, as adviser.

Doctoral Committee


Education
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, DeWitt Scholar, 2017
  • J.D., Ateneo de Manila University Law School, Honors (Silver Medal for Academic Excellence), Saint Thomas More Merit Scholar, 2010
  • B.A. in Journalism, University of the Philippines Diliman, cum laude, 2006

Contact Details
E-mail:  temprosa@umich.edu