Posted on: August 1, 2020 Posted by: diasporadigital Comments: 0

In June 2020, World Remit named Dr. Imelda Deinla as part of the list of Influential Filipinos in the Diaspora in celebration of Philippine’s Independence Day. This was in recognition of migrants of Filipino origin who have made successful contributions in their respective fields to communities back home or internationally.

Imelda is an International Programs Specialist and an experienced Research Project Lead who works in the higher education industry and with history in international development program on rule of law and human rights.  Her research is focused on interdisciplinary and policy-oriented studies of rule of law in non-Western settings, particularly in Southeast Asia, ASEAN and the Philippines. She is the author of two books: “The Development Of The Rule Of Law In Asean: The State And Regional Integration”, “From Aquino Ii To Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity-and Rupture” and other scholarly articles. She also writes public opinion pieces and blogs in policy-oriented outlets.

With a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the UNSW (University of New South Wales) Australia, Imelda is a member of the Philippines Bar with practice in different areas such as corporate, family, property and criminal law. Imelda finished her undergraduate degrees in politics and law from the University of the Philippines.

The Philippines Project

Imelda is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Director of the ANU Philippines Project.

According to the Philippines Project website, it aims to achieve the following:

  • build strong bilateral linkages between Australian and Filipino researchers and officials;
  • foster policy dialogue between the Philippines and Australia; and
  • support innovative research on inclusive economic growth, trade, politics, and governance in the Philippines.

In 2017, a conference was held in Manila with the objective of engaging stakeholders on the state of regulation in the Philippines. Then in 2018, the Philippines Update Conference was also held in Canberra with leading experts discussing topical issues relating to the country at the time.

With all these achievements, Dr Imelda Deinla is also aspiring to be a chocolatier and travel/food blogger.

By: Theresa R. Fianko

Selected Sources from: Dr. Imelda Deinla /

Image Credit: Dr. Imelda Deinla

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