Amicus Curiae

October 2, 2019
Amicus Curiae

The 2019 HCCH Judgments Convention and the enforcement of foreign judgments in the Philippines

In a global world where cross-border transactions are commonplace, disputes inevitably arise. Considering the difference in the substantive laws and procedures in different jurisdictions, the resolution of these disputes requires multilateral agreement and cooperation between and among states. Thus, one of the keys issues in this field of human enterprise is the recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions.

September 18, 2019
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Giving Our Farmers the ‘Credit’ Due Them

Previously, landowners were prohibited under CA (Commonwealth Act) No. 141 from selling or mortgaging their lands for the first five years from the grant of free patent. These lands could not also be held liable for the satisfaction of any debt contracted prior to the expiration of the period.

August 28, 2019
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Names with Attitudes

Pronounced a certain way, Doctor Drai does not seem too different from Dr. Dre. However, trademark laws see (or hear) otherwise.

In the case of Andre Young v. Draion M. Burch, DO, gynecologist Dr. Draion M. Burch sought to register the “Doctor Drai” mark for obstetric and gynecology services, among other things.

August 21, 2019
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Compulsory Investment of Branch Offices

The Revised Corporation Code (RCC), which took effect on Feb. 23 this year, introduced amendments to the otherwise outdated Corporation Code. One of the amendments can be found in Section 143 of the RCC which prescribed the amount of required securities deposit for branch offices of foreign corporations.

July 31, 2019
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The POGO Problem: Harmonizing Immigration, Gaming, and Gambling

It is highly illegal to gamble in China save for a few state-run lotteries. To avoid this prohibition, gambling companies operate offshore so that they may continue catering to Chinese nationals who play casino and e-games online

July 24, 2019
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What Makes A Contract Valid?

I have conducted a few lectures on Obligations and Contracts, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, to businesspeople with startups. I noticed that one of the most common misconceptions is that “contracts must always be in writing, otherwise there is no contract to speak of.”