Jay Batongbacal is the director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea. He is also an associate professor at the UP College of Law where he teaches courses on Property, Obligations & Contracts, and Law of the Sea and Natural Resources.
He was a member of the technical team that prepared and defended the Philippines’ claim to a continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles in the Benham Rise Region, made in a Submission filed with the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) pursuant to the provisions of Article 76 of the Law of the Sea Convention. The CLCS recognized Philippine jurisdiction over the Benham Rise Region in April 2012.
He holds a Master’s degree in Marine Management and a Doctorate in the Science of Law, both from Dalhousie University in Canada. His graduate degrees were acquired under scholarship grants from the Canadian International Development Agency and the prestigious Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, respectively.