Antonio (Tony) G.M. La Viña is a teacher, thinker, and lawyer. His legal and governance expertise includes climate change, biodiversity, biosafety policy, mining, energy, forestry, indigenous people’s rights, community based natural resources management, consensus building and negotiations, social accountability, local government, legal philosophy and public ethics. He has authored many books, research monographs and journal articles and these have been published widely in the Philippines and internationally.
He is currently Dean of the Ateneo School of Government, taking this position in 2006 when he returned to the Philippines after an eight year stint in a Washington DC environmental think tank, the World Resources Institute (WRI). From 1996 until 1998, Dean Tony was an Undersecretary at the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. Before that, he co-founded the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, a leading human rights and environmental organisation and was a member of the regular faculty of the University of the Philippines College of Law. He ranked third in the 1989 Bar Examinations.
Aside from teaching at the UP College of Law, Dean Tony is a professor of the Philippine Judicial Academy, a member of its Constitutional Law department. He also teaches Theory of Law and International Environmental Litigation at the Ateneo Law School. In addition, he lectures at the Environmental Science, Political Science and Philosophy Department in the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University.
Dean Tony has been a negotiator for the Philippines in the UNFCCC negotiations since 1995. Currently, he facilitates the REDD+ negotiations in the LCA process, continuing the role he played in Copenhagen in 2009. In 1997, Tony also led the LULUCF negotiations in Kyoto, Japan.