Manuel A.J. Teehankee
Ambassador Manuel A.J. Teehankee was formerly the Philippine Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization in Geneva (2004 to 2011) and Chair of the WTO’s Committee on Trade and Environment sitting in Special Session (2008-2011), in which capacity he had delivered as part of the Easter 2011 Package his report relating to progress made on the environment mandate of the Doha Round of trade negotiations. He was recently awarded the Department of Foreign Affairs Distinguished Service Award (24 February 2012) for his diplomatic service to the country. A lawyer by training, he had served as Undersecretary of the Department of Justice and Government Corporate Counsel for the Philippine government and had practiced law in New York and the Philippines, and in his private practice and governmental capacities had appeared before international arbitral tribunals, such as ICSID and the ICC Court of Arbitration and the WTO Dispute Settlement Body.
Mr. Teehankee is currently, adjunct professor of Public and Private International Law and WTO Law at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School, where he is also the Program Adviser for the recently launched LLM Program, and a Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute’s Center for Trade and Economic Integration in Geneva.