Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has accepted an invitation to the International Development Law Organisation in Rome.
Santiago will join several international luminaries as part of IDLO’s International Advisory Council.
Founded by Bill Gates, IDLO is an inter-governmental body devoted to promoting the rule of law.
Among its members are Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, former Ireland president Mary Robinson, former Sengal president Abdou Diouf, Chairman of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Abdou Diouf, former US Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Ablie Sachs and many others.
Santiago will provide critical forward-thinking guidance on the issues IDLO tackles in order to make a culture of justice real for all the people of the world.
Santiago said,“I am honoured yet humbled to receive the invitation from IDLO. It challenges me to place my lifetime career as a lawyer and legislator in a larger frame of service for the pursuit of justice and international development.”
Senator Santiago was previously elected as a judge in the International Criminal Court – an independent tribunal that prosecutes individuals for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
She gave up her post in the ICC due to her bout with lung cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome.
“If elected in May, and with the consent of IDLO, I expect to serve both as president of the Philippines and member of the International Advisory Council,” Santiago said.
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