International Criminal Law expert visits Manila for special lectures

10 October 2013

The Department of Justice announced today the arrival of Dr. Ulrich Sieber, Director of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Foreign and International  Criminal Law of Germany, in the country for a series of special lectures on "Criminal Law in the Global Risk and Information Society".

"We are pleased that the Memorandum of Agreement between the DOJ and the MPI is coming to life with the first ever visit of its highest officer and a most respected professor of comparative criminal law," said Secretary of Justice Leila M. De Lima. "His experience and research will surely inform and hasten the work of the Criminal Code Committee," she said.

Dr. Sieber emphasized that "It is essential that knowledge must precede application and this can be achieved through comparative criminal law research in balancing effective crime control and protection of citizen civil liberties."

The lectures are scheduled for the Committee on Justice yesterday, 09 October 2013, with key legislators and congressional staff. The second will be for criminal justice institutions to address specific dogmatic issues today, 10 October 2013. Dr. Sieber's visit will be capped by a workshop with the core members of the Criminal Code Committee on 11 October 2013. Transcripts of the lectures are available at .

This project is in line with the ongoing major initiative to craft a simple, modern and organic Criminal Code as part of the justice reform agenda. Book 1 was recently filed as House Bill No. 2300 on 06 August 2013. The DOJ has requested its certification by the Office of the President.

The DOJ Criminal Code Committee chaired by Assistant Secretary Geronimo L. Sy was also designated as the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Committee on Justice to begin public hearings on the bill. 

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