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Francis Tom Temprosa

Tom Temprosa is an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Law School. He is the Articles Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. He completed his LL.M. degree in 2017 as the DeWitt Fellow of the Law School. 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 Professor 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. 

Tom Temprosa is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School and a lecturer at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law in the Philippines. He is also the Director of the Human Rights Education and Promotion Office of the Commission on Human Rights (Philippines). He had been the Legal Adviser of the Commission and designated its legal counsel before the Supreme Court of the Philippines. 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. 

His works are published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law, Forced Migration Review, Refugee Review, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, 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 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. He received the DILA Prize for Young Scholars from the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia for his work on the interface of international law in the Philippine court. The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs has elected him as a Pacific Fellow.

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

  • 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
English, Filipino

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