Bachelor of Political Science and Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of the Philippines; Masters in Law, University of New South Wales; PhD in Law,
Imelda is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Director of the Philippines Project. She is working on a research grant, ‘Ways for Women to Participate in Peacebuilding (Philippines)’, a multi-year project on pluralist justice, women and peacebuilding in Mindanao, Philippines awarded in 2013 through the Australian Aid Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS). By understanding how all forms of justice mechanisms work in the state and non-state sectors, the research investigates how existing justice institutions respond to local justice issues and how this may impact on justice reform processes during and after the peace settlement for greater autonomy in Mindanao. The project also examines how state and non-state justice institutions encourage or constrain community peacebuilding through their treatment of women. Through this project, Imelda has developed and organized seminars and capacity building for justice actors working in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
Her main area of research is focused on the relationship between politics and law, and the development of the rule of law in Southeast Asia. Her doctoral thesis investigated the state and regional dynamics of integration that influence the development of the rule of law in regional projects in Europe and developing countries, with a particular focus on ASEAN. As a fellow at the ANU Centre for European Studies (ANUCES), she gives lectures on regional integration and rule-making in ASEAN.
Until May 2012 Imelda worked on human rights capacity building in the Asia Pacific as International Programs Coordinator at the Diplomacy Training Program based in the Faculty of Law, UNSW. During this role, Imelda organized and managed the delivery of over ten regional training programs in East Timor, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Malaysia.
Imelda has also worked for many years as a corporate and litigation lawyer in the Philippines and was involved in research, advocacy, and litigation involving violence against women and children.
Sociolegal studies; rule of law in ASEAN; justice; and women and community peacebuilding in the Philippines