Florentino P. Feliciano


Florentino P. Feliciano is currently Senior Counsel at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, where he was a partner for nearly 25 years, and where he served as Co-Managing Partner in 1981-1983 and Managing Partner in 1983 until 1986. He was counsel, negotiator, and legal advisor to corporations engaged in pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution; mining; petroleum refining and distribution; and banking, among others.

Justice Feliciano was appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 1986. He was subsequently elected to the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization in December 1995, and was Chairman of the Appellate Body in 2000 to 2001.

Justice Feliciano has been active in the field of international arbitration, acting as both an arbitrator and counsel in numerous international commercial, trade and investment arbitration disputes in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Stockholm Arbitration Institute, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC),and the Arbitration Tribunal under Article XV of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). He also served as Member and later as President of the Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal.

He is a member of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal and the Senior Advisory Council on the South East Asian Programme on Ocean Law and Policy. He is a Membre Titulaire of Institut de Droit International and a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law. In 2005, he was elected an Honorary Member of the American Society of International Law. He is also a member of the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (Tokyo); the World Trade Law Association’s Governing Council (London); the International Development Law Institute (Rome); the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (San Remo); and the Asian Society of International Law.

He served at the Philippines Department of Justice as, among other things, legal adviser to the Philippines negotiating panels in e.g., the renegotiation of the US-RP Military Bases Agreement (1957) and the Philippines claim to Sabah (1963-1966). In July 2003, he was appointed by the President of the Philippines as Chairman of a special fact-finding commission to look into the causes of the 2003 mutiny in Makati, Philippines.

Justice Feliciano served as a lecturer for a number of years at the Yale University School of Law and the University of the Philippines College of Law. He has also lectured at The Hague Academy of International Law (1966) and at the Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy, the US Naval War College, and the University of Bielefeld, among others. He has also authored numerous publications in the fields of domestic and international law, international investment law, and international arbitration.

Admission to the Bar

1953, Philippines


University of the Philippines (B.A., summa cum laude; LL.B., magna cum laude)
Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.)
Misamis University (LL.D. honoris causa)

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