El Cid Butuyan

  • Lecturer in Law


  • LLM Harvard Law School 2004
  • LLB with distinction University of the Phillipines College of Law 1999
  • BA University of the Phillipines 1994


El Cid Butuyan is currently a Senior Litigation Specialist at the World Bank, Integrity Vice-Presidency (INT), based in Washington DC where he is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of sanctions cases against firms and individuals involved in fraud and corruption in World Bank projects globally. He also heads the East Asia and Pacific Regional Team.  Prior to joining INT, Mr. Butuyan worked as Counsel at the World Bank’s Legal Department where he provided legal advice on a wide range of matters including corporate governance, ethics, internal investigations, procurement and institutional policy. He played a key role in the World Bank’s early sanctions reform and anti-corruption efforts.

He was appointed in 2007 by former Harvard Law Dean, Elena Kagan, as a Harvard Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow “in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedication to public interest law.” Mr. Butuyan, together with LIDS, where he serves as member of the Advisory Board, launched in 2012 the Harvard Law International Anti-Corruption Clinical Project.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Butuyan practiced law in the Philippines and clerked for a Justice of the Supreme Court. He also served as a member of the Prosecution Panel in the historic impeachment of the former Philippine President for corruption.

Mr. Butuyan is the incoming Co-Chair of the ABA International Committee of the  Criminal Justice Section.