The law students of the University of the Philippines and San Beda College will face off in the finals of the 3rd CHR Cup 2016. On November 5, 2016, the two teams will engage in a series of debates which aim to foster advocacy and cooperation for human rights in the academe, and among law school organizations. It will be held at the CHR Multipurpose Hall 3/F SAAC Building, Commonwealth Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City. The event will be streamed live from 10 AM to 2 PM, on Saturday November 5, 2016.
In 2014, former Prime Minister Diego Santiago of Saint Thomas More Debate and Advocacy Society hoped to establish an annual debate event with the goal of commemorating the heroism and dedications of all human rights defenders during and after Martial Law era. He partnered up with the Commission on Human Rights, the foremost authority in upholding human rights in the country, and they breathed life into their vision.
Now on its third year, the organizing committee broke a new milestone by expanding the participation from between Ateneo Law Schools to between law schools in general. There are four law schools that participated in the preliminary rounds are University of the Philippines (UP), San Beda College (SBC), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), and the University of Santo Thomas (UST). The Board of Adjudicators for this year’s inter-law school debate has five (5) members who will be chaired by none other than Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights – Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon. The prizes to be given away are a trophy for the champion and the 1st runner up, and a plaque of appreciation for all the participating law schools.