Center for International Law (CenterLaw) was founded in 2003 and incorporated as a non-stock non-profit corporation by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2004. Its principal purpose as an advocacy group is to work for the recognition and application of international law norms — specifically those relating to human rights, humanitarian law, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press — as automatic and self-executory parts of Philippine law. For this purpose, CenterLaw has initiated and will initiate judicial cases that incorporate international law as causes of action, as well as harvest jurisprudence that recognize international law as source of rights and recourse for relief.
Moreover, CenterLaw seeks to avail of existing international remedies for the promotion of human rights, humanitarian law, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press, where local remedies have proven ineffectual. CenterLaw also promotes further research and dissemination of international law issues relevant to the Philippines in particular, and to Asia in general.
Finally, CenterLaw aims to serve as a beacon of example to advocacy groups working in other Asian countries in the fields of human rights, humanitarian law, freedom of expression and freedom of the press.