The ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) is proud to announce that Dr Imelda Deinla has been included in the WorldRemit’s inaugural List of Influential Filipinos in the Diaspora.
The inaugural List of Influential Filipinos in the Diaspora, was created in light of Philippine Independence Day – traditionally celebrated on 12 June - to honour Filipino migrants around the world, who have made significant contributions to their communities back home in a variety of fields including but not limited to philanthropy, business and academia.
The honourees in the list were chosen based on criteria such as having a proven track record of significant contributions in their chosen field, having made significant social impact within the Filipino diaspora or their community in the Philippines, positively challenging the status quo and creating opportunities for others.
Dr Imelda Deinla is the only academic awardee in the list and was chosen as one of most Influential Filipinos in the Diaspora, for her dedication in translating her work on the socio-legal study of the rule of law in the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Philippines for policy audience and the broader public through engagement and advocacy.
Dr Deinla’s work on Philippine Supreme Court, hybrid justice in post-conflict Mindanao and legal-political study of the Philippines have also contributed in current discourse on the prospects of democracy and the rule of law in the Philippines.
For many years, she also worked as a corporate and litigation lawyer in the Philippines and was involved in research, advocacy, and litigation involving violence against women and children.
Dr Deinla continues to advocate for greater protection and support for civil society organizations as they perform their role in safeguarding human rights and the independence of the judiciary, as well as in demanding transparency and accountability in governance.