Diane Desierto

  • Assistant Professor of Law


  • BS University of the Philippines
  • JD University of the Philippines
  • LLM Yale Law School
  • JSD Yale Law School


Dr. Diane A. Desierto is Assistant Professor of Law at University of Hawai’i Richardson School of Law. Her teaching and publication interests are in international economic law (international investment, trade, finance, law and development), international human rights law, international humanitarian law, ASEAN Law, and international dispute settlement. She holds a J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) degree and L.L.M. (Master of Laws) degree from Yale Law School, where she was Howard M. Holtzmann Fellow in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Lillian Goldman Perpetual Scholar, YLS Public Interest Fellow, Editor at the Yale Journal of International Law, awardee of the Ambrose Gherini Prize in International Law, and Law Clerk (2010-2011) to H.E. Judge Bruno Simma and H.E. Judge Bernardo Sepulveda-Amor at the International Court of Justice, the Hague, Netherlands. She was Shearman and Sterling Scholar and Runner-Up Laureate of the Academie du droit de l’arbitrage in Paris, France (2011); Grotius Fellow (2012) at the University of Michigan Law School, and Postgraduate Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany (2008 and 2013). In addition, she holds an LLB (renamed J.D.) cum laude class salutatorian degree and a B.Sc. Economics summa cum laude class valedictorian degree from the University of the Philippines, where she was Chairman of the Philippine Law Journal, Prime Minister of the Law Moot Union and President of the University Debate Society, Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society Distinguished Scholar, Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society Most Outstanding Scholar, holder of the Justice Irene P. Cortes Prize for Constitutional Law as well as the Gerardo P. Sicat Award (1st) for Best Economics Thesis, Champion of the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, the All-Asian Intervarsity Debate Championships, and ASEAN Debate Championships.

Dr. Desierto concurrently serves various international academic appointments: Director of Studies for Public International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law, the Netherlands; Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law; Member of the Editorial Board of the Asian Yearbook of International Law; Content Editor of the International Journal of Dispute Prevention and Resolution; Correspondent for the Journal of East Asia and International Law; and Member of the Rechtskulturen Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee in Berlin, Germany. She is the author of several books: Necessity and National Emergency Clauses: Sovereignty in Modern Treaty Interpretation (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012), Public Policy in International Economic Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014), ASEAN Integration and Philippine Treaties (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), International Commercial Arbitration (University of the Philippines Press, forthcoming), and Code of  Professional Responsibility (USAID, American Bar Association, and Philippine Judicial Academy, 2007), and has published around fifty journal articles and book chapters to date in the United States, Europe, and Asia, with Cambridge University Press, Edward Elgar Publishers, Yale Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, Transnational Dispute Management, George Washington ILR, Kluwer Arbitration, the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Trade Law & Development, among others.

Prior to joining UH Richardson School of Law, Dr. Desierto previously taught international law at Peking (Beijing) University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen, China; the University of the Philippines College of Law; the Lyceum of the Philippines College of Law; and the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. She also advises on ASEAN law and Philippine appellate litigation as a Partner (on leave) at DAPD Law, Metro Manila, Philippines.