LONDON: Lawyer Armi Beatriz Bayot, member of the legal team of the Philippine government’s negotiating panel for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has been awarded the Georg Schwarzenberger Prize in International Law 2016 by the University of London system for her excellent work in the field of Public International Law.
The Georg Schwarzenberger Prize was institutionalized by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London as a memorial to its former Emeritus Professor of International Law. Bayot went through a thorough screening process for the award, with each of the six faculties of law of the institute nominating one candidate for consideration. The mechanisms of the award allowed for joint winners if nominated candidates possess similar merits.
Bayot as the sole winner puts her achievements above and beyond than those of the other nominees.
“I have been told by some teachers and classmates that I am the first Filipino they have ever met. Indeed, I may be the only Filipino some of them ever get to meet. It really means a lot to me to be able to represent our country abroad as a graduate student, as well as by winning this award,” Bayot commented.
While working as a member of the peace panel legal team, Bayot is also an assistant solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General. She obtained her Master of Laws Degree in Transnational Law (With Distinction) from King’s College London as a Chevening Scholar in 2014-2015.
“Doing my LL.M. at King’s College London has really broadened my horizons as a lawyer and a legal scholar. I was able to work with some of the greatest legal minds in the world today, and I had access to some of the most cutting edge legal research available. I am really grateful that I was able to pursue my graduate studies through a Chevening scholarship. My Chevening year was truly life-changing,” she commented.
Women in Bangsamoro peace process
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles is the country’s first woman presidential peace adviser while GPH chief negotiator Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer is the first female chief negotiator in the world to sign a major peace agreement. The CAB itself is a landmark document signed by three women signatories—one-half of the 6-person GPH negotiating team, and about one-fourth of the total number of signatories.
New York-based International Peace Institute (IPI) have hailed both Deles and Ferrer as ideal women peacemakers for their key roles in the government peace talks with the MILF and Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (NDF).
Last April 2015, Ferrer also accepted the 2015 Hillary Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC The said award honors Ferrer for her “indefatigable work to bring about peace in the Philippines and for [her]historic role as the first female chief negotiator to sign a comprehensive peace agreement.”