The IBP Journal is the official legal publication of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines promoting the rule of law as the medium for meaningful discourse and commentary on the pressing legal issues.
March 2021IBP Journal Vol. 46, Issue No. 1
Gender equality is a fundamental human right. When this right is not afforded full protection, society as a whole falters.
If half of the world is denied equal footing in developing their potentials, the future of humanity remains bleak. And altering this course is a pressing challenge, requiring sincere commitment to gender equality.
Empowered women are in a better position to promote the well-being, health, and productivity of their families and communities. Thus, women empowerment is crucial in attaining a truly just, productive and resilient society.
As such, addressing gender gaps — access to education, employment, representation, exercise of rights and opportunities — deserves to be at the forefront of national and global discourse.
In celebration of Women’s Month (March), the IBP Journal pays tribute to the cause of gender equality and women empowerment by sponsoring this special edition in partnership with one of the oldest organizations of women lawyers in the Philippines. This edition takes on seven articles, all authored by women, each delving on specific topics that bear on pressing issues and challenges to gender equality in the country.
The practice of law is pointless if it does not, above all, champion human dignity, respect for rights, and access to justice.
Whether in the broad arena of international law or the smaller venues of a local drug court or a legal aid program for the underprivileged, the articles in this issue emphasize a common theme: the IBP Journal aims to be a platform for advocacies that redound to the legal profession’s duty to champion human dignity, respect for rights, and access to justice. Through this issue, the IBP Journal hopes to give voice to the voiceless.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought massive disruptions to the Philippine legal and judicial system. As the specter of the COVID-19 virus swept throughout the country, drastic lockdowns were enforced, leading to complete shutdowns of courtrooms, government agencies, law offices, and law schools. Almost the entire legal system slid into paralysis, as did the rest of society. It was unprecedented.
To survive and stay relevant in a world gripped by a pandemic, every lawyer, just like the rest of society, must retool and adapt, and every legal institution must reinvent and reengineer. After all, amid all the public health uncertainties, the government must govern, the wheels of justice must turn, commerce must grind, private conflicts must be managed, legal learning and solutions must forge ahead.
This Special Issue tackles the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the legal profession and the judicial system. This edition also heralds the assumption of a new set of editorial team and editorial board, who are mostly incumbent deans of various law schools from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. In all, the articles are guides in these unprecedented times. No doubt the pandemic has receded the boundaries and disrupted the routines of courts and the legal profession. And the featured articles offer visions of transforming a crisis into an opportunity for growth.
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