Dr Manuel Solis

Dr Manuel Solis
 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Adelaide Law School
 Email manuelpeter.solis@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 9167
 Location Floor/Room 4 18 ,  Ligertwood Building ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    After almost two decades as a lawyer in the Philippines and working as a legal and policy adviser to multilateral financing and development institutions such as the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme, among others, Manuel or 'Manny', as he is fondly called, decided to join the Australian legal academy as Lecturer in the University of Adelaide Law School in 2015. He is course coordinator for Climate Change Law and teaches Foundations of Law, Property Law and Perspectives of Property Law and Society. Also, Manny is a Visiting Law Faculty in the University of Sydney Law School teaching an intensive postgraduate course on Asia Pacific Environmental Law in 2016 and 2018. He served as legal adviser to, and a member of, the Philippine Delegation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 22nd and 23rd Conference of the Parties in Marrakech and Bonn. In 2018, Manny was invited to join a select international expert panel constituted by the UNFCCC Secretariat, UN Environment and the Commonwealth Secretariat to assist in reviewing a global, online law and climate change toolkit for pilot implementation in July that year.

  • Qualifications

    PhD in Law (University Doctoral Research Medalist), University of Adelaide

    MSc in Public Policy & Management (Distinction), Carnegie Mellon University

    Master of Environmental Law (Honours 1 Equivalent), University of Sydney

    LLB, University of the Philippines

    BA (Political Science) Cum LaudeUniversity of the Philippines

  • Awards & Achievements

    Professional Awards 

    2018 Finalist in the Individual Category (one of only four), South Australia Climate Leaders Awards

    2018 Values Recognition Program Winner for Excellence, Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide

    Postgraduate Academic Awards

    2015 University Doctoral Research Medal, University of Adelaid

    Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Adelaide 

    2014 South Australia Governor's International Student Postgraduate Academic Excellence Award

    IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Best Graduate Student Paper Award

    2011 Heinz College Dean's Certificate for Academic Distinction, Carnegie Mellon University

    Academic Excellence for Cost-Benefit Analysis, Carnegie Mellon University

    Student Graduation Speaker, Carnegie Mellon University


    Postgraduate Scholarships
    2012 International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Adelaide

    Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Adelaide

    2011 Heinz College Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University

    2004 Australian Development Scholarship (Merit Scheme), Australian Agency for International Development

    Undergraduate Academic Awards
    1989 University President's Pin for Academic Excellence, University of the Philippines
    Dean's Pin for Academic Excellence, College of Social Sciences & Philosophy, University of the Philippines
    Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society (USA) Pin
    Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society (USA) Pin
    1988 College Scholar, College of Social Sciences & Philosophy, University of the Philippines
    1987 College Scholar, College of Social Sciences & Philosophy, University of the Philippines
    1986 University Scholar, University of the Philippines

    Undergraduate Scholarship
    1990 The Sigma Rho Fraternity Scholarship for Academic Excellence, College of Law, University of the Philippines



  • Teaching Interests

    Climate Change Law, Property Law, Foundations of Law, Perspectives on Property Law and Society, Native Title Internship Programme, Asia Pacific Environmental Law, and Human Rights Law

  • Research Interests

    Energy Law (renewable energy and access to modern energy services), Climate Change Law (adaptation, disaster risk management, loss and damage), Environmental Law, International Human Rights Law (socioeconomic rights), Sustainable Development Law, and Rural Electrification

  • Research Funding


    2018 The University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Aim for the Stars Grant ($2,415)

    2017 The University of Adelaide, Environment Institute Grant ($8,000)

    2016 The University of Adelaide, Environment Institute Grant ($20,000)

    The Law Foundatiuon of South Australia Grant for the Native Title Internship Program (with Flinders University     Law School ($4,400)

    2015 Adelaide Law School Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Write Up Fund Grant ($10,000)
  • Publications

    PhD Thesis

    'From right to light: A human rights-based approach to universal access to modern energy services' (The University of Adelaide, 2015) link: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/92548        

    Book Chapters

    'Adaptation and the Energy Sector' in Daniel Farber and Marjan Peeters (eds), Climate Change Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016) (with Rosemary Lyster)

    'Human Rights versus Human Needs: Debating the Language for Universal Access to Modern Energy Services' in Jordi Jaria, Nathalie Chalifour and Louis Kotze (eds), Energy, Governance and Sustainability (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016) 

    'Renewable Energy Development in the Philippines: Legal Measures, Implementation, Challenges, and Solutions' in Anton Ming-Zhi Gao and Chien Te Fan (eds), Legal Issues of Renewable Energy in the Asia Region (Wolters Kluwer, 2014)

    Journal Articles

      ‘Legal Perspectives on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Energy Access in the Philippines’ (February 2018) 62- 3 Ateneo Law Journal 669

       'The Pollution Adjudication Board: A Critical Analysis of Adjudication to Resolve Pollution   Disputes in the Philippines' (2008) XII The Lawyers Review 1

    'Protected Area Planning in the Philippines: A Case Analysis of the Samar Island National Park' (2005) 9 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 109

    'Water Quality Management Reforms in the Philippines: The Clean Water Act 2004' (2005) 31 Journal of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines 43

    'Legal Perspectives on the Implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism and Its Significance to Renewable Energy Development in the Philippines' (2005) 9 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 65

    'Revisiting the Philippine Clean Air Act 1999: Is There Compliance in Deterrence and Vice-Versa?' (2005) 9 Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 239

    'Legal Perspectives on the Relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity on the Protection of Biodiversity-Associated Traditional Knowledge (2005) IX University of Batangas Law Journal 27

    'Harvest for the World: Notes on Modern Biotechnology Regulation in the Philippines' (2004) 8 Asia Pacific Journal on Environmental Law Special Issue on Sustainable Regulation of Biotechnology 209

  • Professional Associations

    Member, Steering Committee, Centre for Energy Technology, Institute of Mineral and Energy Resources, University of Adelaide

    Member, Indigenous Law Student Mentoring Program Management Committee, The Law Society of South Australia

    Associate Member, Environment Institute, University of Adelaide

    Associate Editor, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law

    Directory of Scholars, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

    Visiting Lecturer, Australian Centre for Climate & Environmental Law, University of Sydney

    Life Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines

    Member, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society (USA)

    Member, Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society (USA)

    Member, The UP College of Law Sigma Rho Fraternity


  • Community Engagement

    Member, Aboriginal Issues Committee, The Law Society of South Australia

    Member, Governing Council Brighton Secondary School (2016-2017)

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