2014 Best Graduate Student Paper

Manuel Peter Samonte Solis

Manuel Peter Samonte Solis

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is pleased to announce that Manuel Peter Samonte Solis is the recipient of the 2014 Best Graduate Student Paper Award. The Award was presented to Manuel during the 12th Annual Colloquium of the Academy in Tarragona, Spain on July 4, 2014.

Manuel is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow at the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. He obtained his BA (Cum Laude) and LLB from the University of the Philippines, Master of Environmental Law (Honours 1 equivalent) from the University of Sydney, and MSc in Public Policy and Management (Distinction) from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to his PhD studies, Manuel was extensively involved in institutional capacity and regulatory and policy development work involving the United Nations Development Programme, World Bank, and Australian Agency for International Development, among others. Also, he has published in the field of environmental law and is a member of the editorial board of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law. Manuel has won a number of scholarships and awards, including the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Award, Heinz College Scholarship and Australian Development Scholarship.

Manuel’s PhD thesis examines the merits and limits of the language of human needs compared to the language of human rights in the context of the challenge to enhancing universal access to modern energy services. This is the theme of the paper he submitted to the 12th IUCNAEL Colloquium that won for him this year’s Best Graduate Student Paper Award. Manuel is expected to finish his PhD by end of 2014.

The Academy would like to thank all graduate students who submitted their papers for this year’s Best Graduate Student Paper Award competition and to especially thank the members of the Selection Committee for their hard work on reviewing all submitted papers. The Academy congratulates Manuel for his distinguished achievement.