Global Freedom of Expression

Romel Regaldo Bagares

Mr. Romel Regalado Bagares is Executive Director of the Center for International Law, a Philippine-based NGO engaged in advocacy, training and strategic litigation for free expression. As a lawyer, he has been assisting journalists, human rights defenders, social media activists and users in free expression cases in various Philippines courts and tribunals and before UN human rights mechanisms. Most recently, he took part as lawyer and petitioner in the constitutional challenge against the Philippine Anti-Cyber Crime Law (the Alexander Adonis Petition). He also recently assisted a jailed Thai blogger and poet challenge his imprisonment under Thailand’s repressive lese majeste laws before the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Mr. Bagares, who is senior associate at the Roque & Butuyan Law Offices in Manila, also lectures in public international law at the Lyceum Philippines University College of Law.