THE Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) has welcomed the Republic of the Philippines as the organization’s 48th member state.
At its recent 58th Annual Session in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, the Philippines was welcomed by AALCO officials and members during the plenary. The Philippines formally joined the organization on July 27, 2019.
Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Administration and Head of the Philippine Delegation J. Eduardo Malaya said that the Philippines’ engagement with AALCO is in line with the Philippine Government’s pursuit of a truly independent foreign policy.
“For international law to reflect the values of the Asian and African regions, the people of the two regions should be proactively involved in its formulation and development,” he said.
Malaya underscored the country’s commitment to international law which binds the community of nations and prevents anarchy in the global order.
“At the national level, the rule of law is necessary in building and sustaining peace, in preventing conflict and in achieving national development goals as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The rule of law at the international level is the great equalizer among States, giving voice to all nations regardless of their political, economic or military stature.”
The conference discussions were focused on substantive international law issues, including the Law of the Sea, Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, International Law in Cyberspace and International Trade and Investment.
were Tanzanian Government officials led by Vice President Samia Suluhu, Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi, Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs Augustine Mahiga, and Chief Justice of Tanzania Ibrahim Hamis Juma, AALCO Secretary General Dr. Kennedy Gaston, outgoing AALCO President and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, Judge Yuji Iwasawa of the International Court of Justice. Government legal counsels, solicitors-general, private lawyers and other legal professionals from all over Asia and Africa were likewise present.
Observer nations from outside Asia and Africa were also present during the Annual Session as well as representatives from international organizations such as the United Nations.