Antonio A. OPOSA, Jr., is internationally known based on his work in Minors Oposa v. Factoran (1993), which adopted the principle of intergenerational responsibility concerning the remaining old-growth forests in the Philippines. He was selected as commencement speaker for his 1997 Master of Laws class at Harvard; he was also named to the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honor that year. Oposa waged a ten-year legal battle to secure an order from the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 2008, requiring the government to clean up Manila Bay. In 2008, he became the only Asian to receive the Washington D.C.-based Center for International Environmental Law Award. In 2009, Oposa received Asia’s highest recognition for public service: the Ramon Magsaysay Award (citing “his path-breaking crusade to engage Filipinos in acts of enlightened citizenship using the power of the Law to nurture the environment, for themselves, their children, and for generations yet unborn”). He leads the Normandy Chair for Peace on Law and Future Generations (Sept. 2019-Sept. 2022), co-created by Region Normandy, CNRS, University of Caen Normandy and hosted by the MRSH.
Background to the Normandy Chair for Peace
The Normandy Chair for Peace will work over the next four years on various legal changes at an international and also French and Norman level, relating to the new field of rights of future generations. The Chair for Excellence, a unique tool, will bring together fundamental reflection, diverse universities research and links with civil society. This growing knowledge base will benefit citizens now and in the future, and will be the fruit of community action, locally and within the world of international scientific diplomacy.