Drugs, deaths and poverty: lessons for the Philippines from the region

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 26 April 2017


Fellows Road Law Theatre 2
ANU Canberra


Professor Roderic Broadhurst and Dr Christopher Ward, SC


Amy Hamilton

Can the Philippines learn from the experiences of its neighbours when it comes to addressing crime? This is not the first time a country in the region has adopted a tough stance on crime, and on drugs in particular, or sought to re-impose the death penalty as a deterrent to heinous crimes.

There are many factors that have been overlooked or disregarded in government responses to these issues, including the large scale expansion of illicit trade on drugs and arms which reach across national borders. The proposed reintroduction of the death penalty in the Philippines and other counties in the region presents a serious challenge to the international legal system as countries may unilaterally abrogate their international obligations. Further, these draconian measures can undermine the rule of law and the functioning of justice institutions that have been perceived to be weak and ineffective.

In this seminar, two distinguished speakers will offer comparative perspectives on the relationships between crime, rule of law and governance, and poverty. They will also look to the future and add their thoughts as to how the Philippines might develop responsive policies about crime and drugs.

For planning purposes, please register your attendance here.

About the speakers

Professor Roderic Broadhurst is a Professor of Criminology at the ANU Research School of Social Science and Fellow at the Research School of Asia and the Pacific.

Dr Christopher Ward, SC is an Adjunct Professor at the ANU College of Law and Senior Counsel at the NSW Bar. Dr Ward is an international law expert and has recently published a joint study with the Commission of Human Rights in the Philippines as the result of an out of session award funded by the Philippines Project.

The Philippine forum series is an initiative of the Philippines Project

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