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Roundtable Discussion in UP College of Law Examines Federalism

"Power Sharing and Resource Sharing in Federalism -- A Comparative Analysis amongst Varied Approaches in Different Countries," was the topic of the roundtable discussion held at the University of the Philippines College of Law last 09 March 2017.

The activity, whose participants included lawyers, professors and researchers and Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder of the Political Science Department of the Friedrich-Wilhelm University of Bonn in Germany, was jointly organised by the Pimentel Institute for Leadership and Governance (PILG) and the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) in collaboration with the Institute of Government and Law Reform (IGLR) and Institute for the Administration of Justice (IAJ) of the UP Law Center.

The activity was opened by IGLR Director Prof. Nicholas Felix L. Ty, who extended a warm welcome to Prof. Heinemann-Grüder to examine specific issues on federalism amongst fellow academicians and researchers. During the spontaneous exchanges, the participants were able to have an in-depth discussion of concerns and queries on possible application of aspects of a federal system of government in the Philippine setting. Atty. Armando C. Arevalo, Law Education Specialist of the IAJ, facilitated the discussion.

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The overriding goal of this activity was to encourage the discourse and information exchange on federalism by the participants.  This forms part of the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation for the ongoing discourse on federalism and its potential implications for the country and its people.

In line with the partnership between the PILG and the HSF towards the raising of the awareness on the federal system of government in the country, the HSF invited Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann-Grüder to the Philippines from 06-10 March 2017 to speak on topics related to federalism that are of particular relevance to the Philippine public. The PILG and the HSF jointly organized a series of activities in the National Capital Region, in the Southern Tagalog Region and in Northern Mindanao in collaboration with local partners. This roundtable discussion was amongst the series of information activities on federalism organised to be held during the professor’s visit to the country.